Holi often referred to as the festival of colours is an annual festival celebrated in India and Nepal during the spring. This year it will be celebrated on the 21st of March, 2019.
The festival is marked by throwing powdered colours, coloured water, or flowers and often takes place on the full moon known as Phalguna Purnima as based on the Hindu calendar, which is why this holiday can fall anywhere between February till the end of March.
The festival often marks the end of winter, the triumph of good over evil and love over hate. It is meant to mend broken relationship and celebrate togetherness.
Holi is celebrates since ancient times and is based on a Hindu legend that has been passed down from geNerations. The story says that the demon king Hiranyakashipu gains powers that make him indestructible and hence he becomes very prideful. He even begins to behave and feel like a god and refuses to worship Lord Vishnu .He goes as far as to demand that those around him worship him instead of worshiping Lord Vishnu.
His son Prahlada doesn’t adhere to him and refuses to worship him. This angers the demon king and he orders a lot of different punishments upon Prahlada – none of which swayed him from his loyalty to Lord Vishnu. Eventually, his evil aunt Holika (from whom this holiday gets its name) tricks Prahlada into sitting on a pyre with her. What he didn’t know, however, was that she was wearing a cloak that granted her immunity from the fire. When the fire was started, the cloak flew off of Holika and covered Prahlada–granting him protection from the fire.
This enraged Hiranyakashipu more and he attempted to kill his son. However, Lord Vishnu arrived in the form of Lord Narasimha and struck down Hiranyakashipu before he could harm Prahlada. The next day, people began to assemble at the site of the bonfire and began to apply the ash to their foreheads.