In India, every festival is celebrated with lots of enthusiasm and happiness and Holi is one of them, the festival of colors where everybody is busy spreading new colors and positivity in their lives. Holi falls in the month of Phalguna i.e. March on the full moon day and Holi is also called a spring festival as it marks the arrival of spring. All the Markets are filled with colors, pichkaris and so many other things of Holi. Holi is one of the most fascinating festivals in India as when you go out on the streets you can see all the adults and children enjoying the festival full of excitement, there is no such age bar noticed. The females of the house start preparing dishes a few days before like Gujiya, papad, and so many other sweet dishes. children used to buy so many colors and pichkaris to celebrate Holi with their friends and families. Holi removes all the negativity and all the differences among people either in the families or anywhere else, this festival of colors lights up everyone's life and brings society together. The most highlighted part of Holi is 'Bhang' that is mixed in foods and drinks that make a person safe high so that he/she can enjoy with a full heart and It helps to bring everyone together.
Holi has its own special history that comes with The Demon King Hirankashyap who wanted everyone to worship him but his own son who was the great bhakta of Lord Vishnu he refused to worship him and remained devoted to Vishnu. Holika, the king's sister decided to sit on the fire with Prahlad, while she was protected with a cloak, and Prahlad remained exposed to fire, and as the fire blazed the cloak flew from Holika's body Prahlad's body thus saving his life.
Later on, Vishnu appeared in the form of Narsimha i.e. a body of half-man and a half lion and he killed the king Hiranyakashyap. This is the reason why Holi begins with the burning of Holika, which marks the end of the devil.
Holi celebrations start after burning the Holika and performing all the rituals in front of the Bonfire so that everyone could kill the inner devil inside them just as Holika. The next day the carnival of color begins on the streets. People play with Gulal and drench each other in color water and throw balloons at each other. Holi is celebrated in different parts of India and in different ways like in Barsana a town near Mathura where "Lathmar" Holi is celebrated where women use to beat men with the stick while chanting "Radhe Krishna" "Shree Krishna". In Maharashtra "matki phod" Holi is celebrated where a matki is set on the height and people use to form a group and break that matki and in Punjab Hola Mohalla which is a sort of fair is celebrated on the next day of Holi. Not only this in various parts of India Holi is celebrated in different ways.
The customs and rituals may vary from region to region but this festival of colors unites the people, regions, and societies.
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