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Wishing you a Happy Holi

Holi is a major festival of India and celebrated on the day after the full moon of Phalguna (early march) according to Hindu resources. It celebrates spring and Hindus attend a public bonfire, apply colors on the face of their friends and family and generally go a bit wild in the streets.

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History and sense of Holi
Celebrated across India since many times, Holi is a form of great variety and originally it was an agricultural festive celebrating on the arrival of spring. Holi is a moment when people exchange colors and wishes each other for the liveliness of spring. The legend story associated by this festival is that there was an evil king named Hiranyakashipu who was very angry with his son and often forbade him from worshipping the Lord Vishnu. One day he was forced to sit on a pyre with his wicked aunt Holika who was believed to be immune to fire. But he was saved by the lord Vishnu and Holika was burnt to death. The burning of Holika is celebrated as Holi.


Holi customs and rituals
Holi is celebrated for two days and in some places it is celebrated for longer. Holi thus fills social gaps between people and bring them closer. Holi is also a common ambiance of dissolute merrymaking and rude language and behavior. Usual saying heard at the time of Holi is “bura na mano, Holi hai” (don't feel insulted, it's Holi").
The main ritual of Holi is the throwing and applying of color water and powders on friends and family. This ritual is also said to be based on the mythological story of Krishna and Radha but most of all celebrates it for the coming of spring with beautiful and lively life.