Holi is known ‘Festival of Colours’. The Holi is the most anticipated festivals on the Hindu religion. 'Holi' falls on the full moon, in the month of Phalgun, which spans the end of February and the beginning of March. Holi celebration begins with lighting up of bonfire on the Holi eve. Holi is a spring celebration and the exuberant ritual of putting color on each other. Holi promotes social harmony between the various classes of society which displays unity.
People embrace each other and smear color on the faces of each other. Bright colours of gulal and abeer fill the air and people take turns in pouring colour water over each other. Children take special delight in spraying colours on one another with their pichkaris and throwing water balloons and passers by. Traditional drink i.e. Bhang is consumed on this day to further enhances the spirit of Holi.
According to Hindu mythology, in ancient time demon King Hiranyakashyap, who gained boon by God that no one, can kill him. Due to this supreme power, he became threat to God, and he insisted people to worship him instead of God, However, his pious son, Prahlad was devotee of Lord Vishnu and denied worship of his demon father, finally Hiranyakashyap made up his mind to kill his own son and asked his sister Holika to enter a burning fire with Prahlad in her lap as Holika had a boon which made he immune to fire. Ultimately Prahlad was saved by lord himself for his extreme devotion and Holika was burnt to ashes on this day. Hence Holi is celebrated, which marks the win of Good over Evil. Later even Demon king was killed by Lord Vishnu.
Uttar Pradesh is the best place in India to experience the true flavour and sprit of Holi. Celebrations in Mathura and Varanasi are the most exciting amongst all of the celebrations. The essence of Holi celebrations in Brajbhoomi is said to be kept the same even today, as it was celebrated thousands years back (during Lord Krishna's era) also known as 'Lathmaar Holi'. Holi celebration in Braj starts one week prior to rest of India. The concept of the Holi at Braj is that men from Nandagaon (Village of Lord Krishna) raid Barsana (Radha's village) to raise a flag on Shri Radhikaji temple.
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