The festival of colours, Holi, is the most vibrant of all Hindu festivals. It marks the end of winter in India and welcomes the spring season. On this festive day, people play with colours, meet and greet one another and create new beginnings. But do you know the real reason why Holi is celebrated? Like every other festival in the country, Holi is also associated with popular legends.
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India's Holi celebrations: Legends behind the festival of color - CNN
Holi celebrates the arrival of spring, the end of winter, the blossoming of love and for many, it is a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival that has become popular among non-Hindus as well in many parts of South Asia , as well as people of other communities outside Asia. Holi celebrations start on the night before Holi with a Holika Dahan where people gather, perform religious rituals in front of the bonfire, and pray that their internal evil be destroyed the way Holika , the sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu , was killed in the fire. The next morning is celebrated as Rangwali Holi Dhuleti — a free-for-all festival of colours,  where people smear each other with colours and drench each other. Water guns and water-filled balloons are also used to play and colour each other. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children, and elders.
Why India celebrates Holi: The legends behind the festival of color
New Delhi CNN It's the bold image of India most often seen in ad campaigns, films and music videos: People coming together from all walks of life to sing, dance and splash their friends and family with colored powder and water. More Videos Colors fly in India's Holi festival Brands such as Sony and Canon have used the vibrant festival to showcase their products.
The festival of Holi is celebrated with great fervor across India and other countries with a significant Hindu population. It marks the beginning of the spring season and involves people playing with colored powder and water. This year, it is being celebrated on March 2, but festivities begin a few days before the day.