1. What is the story of Holi?
If you are wondering why Holi is celebrated in India, you’ll be surprised to know that the festival of Holi is very deeply rooted in mythology and different communities have different versions of the legend of the festival.
The most famous one is about Holika, the aunt of Prahlada. Prahlada was an ardent devotee of Vishnu, and his father Hiranyakashipu who was also Holika’s brother wasn’t too happy about it. He asked Prahlada to stop worshipping Vishnu but he refused. Following this, Holika and Hiranyakashipu planned to kill Prahlada and devised a plan wherein Holika would sit in a bonfire with Prahlada on her lap and while should be protected from the fire by a protective shawl, and Prahlada would die. To everyone’s surprise, Prahlad emerged safely from the fire but Holika perished and thus the festival marks the victory of good over evil.
The festival also holds significance in relevance to Lord Krishna who is said to have smeared a colourful powder on goddess Radha’s face because she had a fair complexion, during their courtship.