, is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus. Holi is also known as festival of Colours
The main day, Holi, also known as Dhuli
in Sanskrit, also Dhulheti
is celebrated by people throwing scented powder and perfume at each
other. Bonfires are lit on the eve of the festival, also known as
Holika Dahan (burning of Holika) or Chhoti Holi
(little Holi). After doing holika dahan prayers are said and praise is
offered. The bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that
young Prahlad accomplished when Demoness Holika, sister of
Hiranyakashyapu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but
Prahlad, a staunch devotee of god Vishnu, escaped without any injuries
due to his unshakable devotion.
is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day
of the lunar month Phalguna (February/March), (Phalgun Purnima), which
usually falls in the later part of February or March.
The main custom of Holi is the use of the colored powders and water on
others. This is why Holi is given the name "Festival of Colors.