Published: Sun, March 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Festival of colours observed with fanfare

Festival of colours observed with fanfare

Today's Guest Doodle by Amrita Marino depicts dhol players amongst a cloud of color. In his latest post on Twitter, Shahenshah Amitabh Bachchan shared the pictures of the family while celebrating Holi and wrote: "the Holika has been burnt and the prayers done. the "tilak" colours put. and the special sweetmeat for the occasion "gujiya" consumed".

In Delhi, people were seen dancing to the beats of drums and smearing each others" faces with "abir" and "gulal', as colours traditionally used in Holi are known.

The people in Nepal got drenched in colours as they celebrated the festival of Holi.

People coming together from all walks of life to sing, dance and splash their friends and family with colored powder and water.

But why do people celebrate Holi and where does its name come from?

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"Children can douse elders with water, women splash men with colour, and the rules of caste and creed are briefly forgotten, with everyone taking part", says the news website.

This year, Holi falls on March 2.

But his son, Prahlad, followed the god Vishnu, the preserver and protector of the universe. It lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon day) falling in the Vikram Samvat Hindu Calendar month of Phalguna, which falls somewhere between the end of February and the middle of March in the Gregorian calendar.

Holika - a female demon - was supposed to take Prahlad onto her lap and sit in a bonfire.

It is said the demoness Holika was conquered through unwavering devotion to the Hindu god of preservation, Lord Vishnu. As soon as Holi comes, the common man's flicks are blown out, just like on the stars of Bollywood, there is such a colour of fun that you cannot even imagine the extent to which fun is reached.

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