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March 20, 2019

MEANWHILE, in India...






What is Holi?

Holi is a festival celebrated by the majority Hindu population. For centuries, every year, millions of people across India and Nepal create bonfires and cover family and friends with splashes of colored powder and water to commemorate the dawn of spring season. Some say it's an "official" declaration to replace your winter wardrobe with cool summer clothes. But this carnival of colors also celebrates love, equality, fertility and the triumph of good over evil.

The festival finds a mention in the fourth century poem Jaimini Mimansa, written by ancient Nepali scholar Jaimini. Indian king Harsha also mentions "Holikotsav" in his seventh century Sanskrit love drama "Ratnavali".

The Legend of "Holika"

As per Hindu mythology, the festival gets its name from Holika, the demon sister of evil King Hiranyakashyap. As the story goes, the powerful immortal king forbid everyone from worshiping Hindu god Vishnu, however, his own son Prahlad defied his order which enraged the king and hence, he conspired to kill his own son. The king ordered Prahlad and Holika, who was immune to fire, to sit on a pyre. To everyone's surprise, when the flames struck, Holika was burnt to death despite her immunity and Prahlad miraculously lived on. The moral of the story: Good always triumphs over evil.

Since that day, people burn a pyre of wood and cow dung, that signifies the death of Holika, and people pray that the demons of poverty, diseases and hatred, too, burn with the same flames.


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