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Colorful Holi

Holi is this Monday, March 25.


Holi is an important holiday in Hinduism, so what is Holi? What is the story behind the Holi? How do people celebrate Holi? Why does the Holi is the festival of color? Keep reading this article to get the answers.



What is the story behind the Holi?


Holika, the sister of Hiranyakashipu, Asura's king tried to push Parahlda, the son of the Asora king into a flame. But instead, she fell into the fire and got burned, and Parahlda survived. The festival is celebrated as thanksgiving for good harvest, and the Holi is celebrated for the victory of good over evil.



Why is the Holi a colorful holiday?

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Lord Krishna confesses that he loves Radha. Fair-skinned Radha does not agree to be with him because of his dark skin. Krishna's mother, tired of his despair, suggests that he go to Radha and that she paint his face any color she wants. Krishna asked her and Radha agreed - she painted his face. Radha and Krishna became a couple. Since then, this painting of Radha and Krishna has been commemorated as Holi.



Why does Holi name Holi?


Holi named after Holika, celebrates the victory of good over evil.



How people are celebrating the Holi?


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Holi is mostly celebrated by eating some special Holi treats and having a big meal with family and friends. People decorate the house with fun colors and play with the color powders and water. Dancing to traditional songs is also one of the many ways to celebrate the Holi.

There are more traditions to do outside the house, like, throwing colors and flowers at each other, and also there is a lot of dancing and parting. The Holi festival is really wild and this is what makes the Holi special and fun.



How do you celebrate the Holi?






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