My Favourite Festival – Holi
Tirth Dhiren Visariya (V- B)

Holi is the festival of colours, celebrated by the Hindus to welcome the spring season. Hindus believe that spring is full of colours and so they splash coloured water on each other in order to enjoy the festivities at this time of the year. It is celebrated for two to three days. A variety of sweets are prepared which adds sweetness to the festival.
The legend goes thus. `Hiranyakashyapu had a son, Prahlad. Prahlad was the greatest devotee of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap wanted to kill his son, so he called his sister, Holika. She had a magic robe. This robe had the power to save the wearer from burning in fire. Hiranyakashyap ordered his sister to sit on a burning fire along with Prahlad. He thought that his sister would not be harmed by the fire because of the magic robe and Prahlad would be burnt to death. But the result was the opposite to what the evil demon king planned. As is believed, no one can harm the person who has God as his saviour. Thus, Prahlad came out of the burning fire safely and Holika was burnt to death. Therefore the celebration marks the victory of virtue and goodness over evil.
People sing, dance and make merry and are seen with different shades of colours on Holi. Lord Krishna is worshipped in many parts of India. Families gather together, distribute sweets and enjoy the joyous fiesta. Children enthusiastically wait for this day as they enjoy playing the entire day. Thus, Holi is considered to be a festival of joy.

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