Fagu Purnima Holi Festival
People enjoying and scattering colors on the occasion of Fagu Purnima
Holi is the Hindu festival of colors, water, and music. It falls on the full moon day of March. People play Holi with their friends and family by putting colors all over the body and splashing water using balloons, buckets, and water guns. The festival is observed throughout the day in the streets, junctions, and alleys. For non-Hindus, the festival is a fascinating culture in which nobody hesitates to participate. Many travelers are seen playing Holi with Nepalese in the durbar squares of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan.
Hindu scriptures reveal that in the Satya Yug, there was a Devil named Hiranyakashipu, his son Prahlada was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashipu did not like this. In revenge, he and his sister Holika planned to kill Prahlada. On the full moon day of Falgun, Holika who was fireproof, with Praladh on her lap sat on a big fire, thinking that it will kill Praladh, but the fire instead burned her and nothing happened to Praladh. Since then, people started celebrating the death of Holika as a Holi festival. The festival also symbolizes the victory of good versus evil.
Holi brings joy and happiness to friends and family. On this day people leave their enmity and play Holi with an open heart. In some communities, people dig a pond and fill it with water and colors. They dance together and drink Bhang, a sweet juice made from Marijuana.
Just before 7 days of Holi, a bamboo pole decorated with colors and flags is erected in the Kathmandu durbar square. This marks the beginning of the Holi festival and its aroma is felt in the Kathmandu valley. In Terai and India Holi festival is celebrated the next day of the full moon.
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