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March 05, 2004
The festival of Holi celebrates energy, new life and the season of spring.

There are many legends attached to the festival. The main legend is that of Prahalad and Holika. King Hirnayakashyapu who considered himself as the king of the universe and mightier than god hated his son Prahalad for worshiping Lord Vishnu.

The king made several attempts to kill his own son, but did not succeed. Finally he asked his sister, Holika, to kill.

Holika possessed special powers by which she was immune to fire. Thus she sat with the young Prahalad in huge fire. But Lord Vishnu protected Prahlad and Holika got burnt instead.

Shortly afterwards Lord Vishnu killed King Hiranyakashyap and Prahad ruled as a wise king in his father's place.

It is said that the festival Holi celebrates this victory and huge bonfires are lit on this day.

Children watching streets vendors selling gulal.

Photo: Deepak Salvi

Also see: Merry Christmas

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