Celebrated all over India since ancient times, Holi is one of the major festivals of India and is the most vibrant of all. People of all castes, classes, ages and genders come together to mark the occasion. The colorful festival celebrates the victory of good over evil. Holi also celebrates the arrival of Spring, the season of joy and hope. On this day, people hug and wish each other "Happy Holi". Enjoy the unique atmosphere in the Best of Holi Festival video!
The Legend of Holi Festival
Numerous legends & stories associated with the Holi celebration make the festival more exuberant and vivid. The most well-known legend relates to "Holika Dahan" - the burning of demoness Holika. Apparently, Holika's brother demon King Hiranyakashyap instructed her to burn his son, Prahlad, because he followed Lord Vishnu and didn't worship him. Holika, who was immune to fire, sat with Prahlad in her lap, in the burning fire. But as Holika was using her powers for evil, so the plan failed and Prahlad emerged from the fire unharmed, while Holika was devoured by the flames. The festival is a reminder that good always triumphs over evil.
What to Expect During the Celebrations
Holi is filled with so much fun and frolic that the very mention of the word "Holi" draws smile and enthusiasm amongst the people. The festival is probably the least religious of Hindu holidays. During Holi, Hindus attend a public bonfire, spray friends and family with colored powders and water, and generally go a bit wild in the streets. It’s great fun to participate in if you don’t mind getting wet and dirty. Our colleague and Sygic Traveler Michal Gálik simply didn't mind, he definitely experienced the best of it :)
And what has Michal to say about Holi?
"It is said that the best place for the Holi festival in India is the city of Mathura. Many people warned me not to go there, because things can get quickly out of hand. But actually, it was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. During the Holi festival no string of your clothes stays dry. There are people coming from each direction, throwing color powder and water at you and shouting "HAPPY HOLI!". You can feel the happiness in the air. Everybody forgets about their problems and enjoys the moment in a crazy blend of colors, smiles and hugs. There’s no word to describe the feeling during the festival. Enjoy life, enjoy this 360° video and happy Holi!“
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