History of Holi
Holi is a famous Hindu festival that is celebrated in every part of India with utmost joy and enthusiasm. It is called the “festival of love” & “festival of color”. This festival is begins a day before with Holika Dahan in the evening of Purnima in the month of Falgun. On the next of Holika Dahan people play with colours with their friends and families to show love & respect.
On this day people forego all resentments and all types of bad feelings for each other. The vibrancy of colors is something that brings in a lot of positivity in our lives.
Why we celebrate:
A long ago there was a demon king, Hiranyakshyap having very powerful desire to be eternal power. Holika was a sister of the King. Prahlad was the son of Hiranyakashap. Prahlad used to worship Lord Vishnu. In order to fulfill his dreams, Hiranyakashyap started doing Tapasaya of the Lord Brahma. One day he became successful and booned by the Brahma to be eternal power. He was booned for the five powers such as; neither he could be killed by any human being nor by any animal, neither he could be killed inside the door nor outside the door, neither he could be killed in day nor in night, neither he could be killed by any Astra nor by any Shastra, neither he could be killed on the land nor in the water or and air.
After getting booned by such eternal powers he assumed himself a God. He pressurised everybody to worship him as a God.
Those who were not accepting his orders he started punishing and killing people. His son, Prahlad also refused worshipping him as a God instead continued worshipping the Lord Vishnu.
Hiranyakshyap became very angry on his son and thought to kill his son. After a lot of failed attempts, he took helps from his sister, Holika. His sister was booned by the Lord Brahma for never being harmed by the fire and she had a unique fire protective garment. She was ordered by King to sit in the fire with his son, Prahlad, to kill him. However, as soon as the fire was roared, the special protective garment of the Holika flew away. Prahlad was saved and Holika was burnt and died. This story indicates that, truth and good power would always win over the false and evil power.