Today is the 17th of March which means that it is Holi in India. The Festival is named after the legend, Holika, who was the sister of a demon. Holika’s brother Hiranyakashyap had got a boon of immortality from Lord Brahma. After that boon was granted, Hiranyakashyap told all the citizens to worship him instead of other gods as he thought that he was much more powerful than other gods now that he had got the boon of immortality. Hiranyakashyap son Prahlad, was a devotee of Lord Vishnu, Hiranyakashyap tried numerous ways to kill his own son as he did not like his son worshipping another god other than him (Hiranyakashyap), but he did not succeed. Lastly, he attempted to Burn his own son, he told Prahlad to sit on his sister Holika’s lap I the fire. Holika, had got the boon that no fire on earth can burn her. But, Prahlad was saved by Lord Vishnu and Holika was burnt alive. Prahalad’s father was killed too. Lord Vishnu came as a half human and half beast as no human or beast could kill Hiranyakashyap, this form of his is called Narasimha. The burning of Holika is an important part of Holi; it represents the end of Evil. Holi is also known as the festival of colors as we celebrate Holi with different types of colors and we also celebrate Holi with water.
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