Holi is one of those Hindu festivals which are celebrated with great enthusiasm across the country. Although in ancient scriptures it is considered the festival of Sudras, today it is celebrated by all sects and class of Hindus. This festival is celebrated on the very first day of the Hindu Calender that is on the first day of Chaitra. A day prior to it woods are burnt which is symbolic of the pyre of Holika. As per the legend, Holika was the sister of Hiranyakashyap. She took Prahlad in her lap with a view to kill him and sat in a burning pyre. She had a blessing that she cannot be burnt. But contrary to this, the fire could not harm Prahlad by the grace of God and Holika rather got burnt. Since then Holika pyre is burnt every year, followed by the festival of Holi next day. On this day several dishes are prepared at home which are first offered to God and then to others. Holi colours are also put on one another. This festival marks brotherhood and love as neither caste nor class barriers remain among the people.
Short Paragraph on Holi
- Abhinav Tiwari