Holi is one of the major cultural festivals in India. It is observed mainly after full Moon, towards the end of the winters in the month of March. One of the pre-Holi festivals is called Holika Dahan. Holi is derived from Holika Dahan. Holika Dahan is characterized by large after-sunset bonfire on Purnima Tithi. And the purpose is to burn out evil spirits.
Historically, Holika Dahan is a Celebration of good over evil and victory of Prahlad over Hiranyakashyap`s Evil Plots against him. According to the Legends, a demon king, Hiranyakashyap, wants his son, Prahlad, a devotee of Lord Naarayana, dead because he refused to worship him. After several unsuccessful attempts, Hiranyakashyap instructed Holika, a Fire-favored or Fire-protected sister of Prahlad, to enter a blazing fire with him on her lap. Knowing fully well that she will not be hurt. Holika, in obedience to Hiranyakashyap, coaxed Prahlad into Blazing fire with him on her lap. In the fire, Unthinkable happened. Prahlad remained unhurt. Holika scorched to death. Forgotten or unaware that her fire-protecting boon only works when she entered fire alone.
Holi/Holika Dahan is not only popular in India, but all over the world. Ideal schedule- is Pradosh Kaal, the time at which both day and night met. Holi festival is characterized by: Splashing colors, "Burning Holika", Shouting "Holi-hai", rendering gratitude to Agni[the god of fire], taking little ember or fire home from the bonfire and performance of a special type of Puja to protect children and other members of the families from all evils and keep them in good health till next year.
Date-9-10 March 2020
Venue- Mumbai, Dehli – India
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