Holi, the festival of colors, is just round the corner and its essence already marks the aura of Indian cities. Roadside vendors selling pichkaris and colors, chips and snacks of all shapes and sizes, the smell of Gujiya emanating from the sweet shops and the children’s ultimate shopping spree- all point towards the celebration of this amazing fun-filled festival. As vibrant the color of Holi are, so is the Indian culture. And Holi, in its true essence, celebrates the diversity of India. There are a number of reasons to celebrate Holi in India and its significance differs from mythological to biological.
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You must have heard the legend of Prahlad and Hiranyakashyap. The latter believed that he was God and wanted everyone to worship him. However, Prahlad started worshiping Vishnu. This agitated him and he asked his sister Holika (who could never be burnt) to sit in the fire with Prahlad in her lap. But Prahlad was saved due to his true devotion and Holika died. This gave rise to ‘Holika Dahan’ ritual. [Read more…]