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    Why is the festival of holi celebrated?

    I really want to know the reason behind celebrating the festival holi?
  • #69351
    In the period of Demon King, Hiranyakasibu, a demon lady, sister of Hiranyakasibu,named Holika was sent to kill Prahalatha,son of Hiranyakasibu,who chants the name of Lord Narayana instead of his father's. Holika is the fire lady who normally burn any person or anything who went nearby to her. But on the contrary, Lord Narayana's grace make the lady Holika to burn herself. To cool down the son Prahalatha and celebrate the death of Holika people sprayed color water one among them. It was named as Holi and celebrated on the mark of this.

  • #71019
    There are a few stories regarding the celebration of Holi, the festival of color. One of them is as mentioned by Mr. Pattabiraman, the festival is celebrated to kill the demon Holika, sister of Demon King Hiranyakashyap.

    The other story belongs to Krishna and Radha. It has been said that once when Radha came to meet Krishna, Chandrasena (I am not sure if I named him properly) husband of Radha came to know about it. So, when he came to fetch Krishna, to hide away from him, Radha colored Krishna with colors and that day we are celebrating as Holi festival.

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  • #74467
    Holi is one of the most widely celebrated festival in India. Each year it is celebrated in the phagon month. The festival is a two day celebration. The first day celebration is of 'holika dahan'. In mythology, there was a demon king Hrinayakashyap who married the princess Kayadu. Kayadu was a devotee of lord Narayana. Thus when a son was born to her, named Prahlad, he too worshipped narayan. Hrinayakashap did not like this as he was a self declared god. He asked his sister Holika, who was blessed by the power to remain unhurt by fire,to kill his son. To the contrary she was burnt, when she sat on a pyre carrying Prahlad in her lap. This dahan of Holika is celebrated. The second day Dhulendi is celebrated. Lord krishma along with gopis and Radha use to play with flowers and nectar in this time of year.

  • #75081
    Holi is celebrated as a victory over an evil. There was a demon king named Hiranyakashyap who used to dominate everyone in his kingdom. He wanted everyone to worship him. However his son, Prahlad was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. The king wanted his son to worship him, but his son refused. He then decided to kill his son.

    He asked his sister, Holika to enter the fire with Prahlad so that he would be burnt as Holika was blessed with a boon by which she could not be hurt by fire. However, she was burnt when she entered the fire with Prahlad and Prahlad was safe since he continued praying his Lord and Lord was impressed with his devotion. Later Lord Vishnu in he form of Narashima killed the king, Hiranyakashyap.

    On the day before the Holi, bonfire is there to celebrate the burning of Holika and on the day of Holi, people play with colours depicting the playing of pranks by Lord Krishna along with his gopis.



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