One of the major Hindu festivals, Holi, also known as the festival of colours is celebrated with great enthusiasm and cheerfulness. Holi is a spring festival, celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun, or March. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival, which has become popular among non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia as well as among people of other communities outside Asia.
The festival date varies every year and typically comes in March, sometimes February. This year Holi will be celebrated on 6th March, 2015 (Friday). The festival signifies the arrival of spring, end of winters, the victory of good over evil and a festive day for all to play, laugh and celebrate the day with colours, water-filled balloons and sweets.
Legend Associated with Holi
Mythology plays an important role in explaining the legend of Holi. The most popular story of Holi origin relates to ‘Holika-Dahan’. The tradition of Holika-Dahan is integral to the festival of Holi, which means lighting of bonfire. The ritual is symbolic of the victory of good over evil and has its roots in the legend of the demon king Hiranyakashyap and his son Prahlad.
Hiranyakashyap wanted everybody in his kingdom to worship only him, but his son Prahlad became an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap had a sister, Holika, who had a boon that she could enter fire without being unharmed. To punish Prahlad, Hiranyakashyap ordered his sister Holika, to enter a fire with Prahlad in her lap. Both of them entered the fire with Prahlad chanting the name of Lord Vishnu. Holika didn’t survive the fire and no harm befell on Prahlad. The festival therefore, also marks the triumph of devotion. Since then, people light a bonfire on the eve of Holi.
Traditional Celebrations on Holi
This Holi, follow the tips given below to celebrate the festival of colours with your child:
Among the festivities, make sure to follow these Safety Tips to ensure the well-being of your child:
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