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    Holika Dahan is important in Hindusim

    Holika Dahan is an important Hindu festival that is celebrated every year on the night before Holi, which is the festival of colors. Holika Dahan, also known as Choti Holi, is observed on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Phalguna (February-March).
    Holika Dahan has great significance in Hinduism, and it is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil. According to Hindu mythology, the festival commemorates the story of Prahlad, a young devotee of Lord Vishnu, who was saved from the evil intentions of his demon father Hiranyakashipu, by the grace of Lord Vishnu.
    Hiranyakashipu wanted his son Prahlad to worship him instead of Lord Vishnu, but Prahlad refused to do so. Hiranyakashipu then conspired with his sister Holika, who had a magical power to resist fire, to burn Prahlad alive. However, as the fire started burning, Lord Vishnu appeared and saved Prahlad, while Holika was burnt to ashes.
    Thus, Holika Dahan symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, and it is celebrated by lighting bonfires on the night before Holi. People gather around the fire, perform puja (worship) and offer prayers to seek blessings for prosperity and well-being. The ashes from the bonfire are considered to be auspicious, and people apply them on their forehead as a mark of protection from evil spirits.
    In some parts of India, Holika Dahan is also celebrated by offering food and sweets to the fire as a token of gratitude for the blessings of good health, happiness, and prosperity. Overall, Holika Dahan is an important festival in Hinduism, and it represents the victory of righteousness over evil.
  • #770214
    But this festival is not very popular in Southern states. Bonfire activity is not seen in these places. Only playing with colours is seen and prominent here. As far as colour spraying is concerned it is Ok as long as we are within limits and use organic colours. But some colours made artificially are very dangerous and chances of losing sight are very high if this colour enters in our eyes. We all should be careful and keep a watch on children when they are playing with these colours. Many organisations in Hyderabad will not have even a holiday on this Holi day.
    always confident

  • #770221
    We are celebrating many festivals around the year in our country. Some of them have a mythological background and some story behind them. It is obvious that most of the people are aware of those things and they will remember our culture and its tradition till we are observing these festivals. Our mythological stories are having a very high moral value and they teach us many lessons which we can undertake and utilise in our lives.
    Most of these stories are available in our Vedas, Puranas, and other scriptures which are of course available today in digital form in internet. Probably these mythological stories were linked to our festivals in order that we never forget our mythological background and feel proud of our religion and cultural heritage.
    Safe emergence of Prahlad from that peculiar fire is definitely a great story that will be remembered by our generations to come by observing the Holika Dahan event every year.

    Knowledge is power.

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