Holi (Hindi: होली) is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus. It is primarily observed in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, and countries with large Indic diaspora populations following Hinduism, such as Suriname, Malaysia, Guyana, South Africa, Trinidad, United Kingdom, United States, Mauritius, and Fiji. It is also known as Phagwah and Festival of Colours, or as Doḷajāta (Oriya: ଦୋଳଯାତ) in Orissa and Dol Jatra (Bengali: দোলযাত্রা… view more
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Holi is a day to enjoy; Hindus don’t pray on this day.
Holi frolic and celebrations begin the morning after Holika bonfire.
Aurangzeb banned celebration of Hindu festivals in India.
Festival of Holi awed folks of British East India Company who came to conquer India. 400 years ago, when Akbar ruled, India was a pluralistic nation.
The celebration of Holi is also
mentioned in the 7th-century Sanskrit drama, Ratnavali.
Holi is an ancient Hindu festival with its cultural rituals.
Hiranyakashipu had earned a boon that made him
According to a tradition,
the word “Holi” originates from “Holika”, the evil sister
of demon king Hiranyakashipu.
It is also traditional to get drunk on Holi.
At Holi, Lord Krishna applied colour on his beloved Radha.
Naughty and mischievous Lord Krishna started the trend of playing with colours on Holi.
On the eve of Holi, called Chhoti or Small Holi people gather at important crossroads and light huge bonfires,
Holi reminds us of Hiranyakashyap who
demanded everybody in his kingdom to worship him but his son became a devotee
of Lord Vishnu.