The Story Behind ‘Festivals Of Colours’ And Its Importance

indian holi colors at market

Holi means the festival of colours. This day is marked as the bravery of Prahlada by killing demon King Hiranyakashipu.

The word ‘Holi’ originates from the word ‘Holika’, the evil sister of demon King Hiranyakashipu. King Hiranyakashipu was arrogant and proud because of his indestructible activities. The special powers, which grew him as an arrogant King. He thought that he was God, and demanded that everyone should worship him. Hiranyakashipu’s own son, however, disagreed. Prahlada was the preacher of Lord Vishnu.

This incense Hiranyakashipu because he wanted everyone to worship him. He subjected his son Prahlada to severe punishment, none of the punishment affected him as he was a true preacher of Lord Vishnu.


Finally, Holika-Prahlada’s evil aunt-tricked him to sitting on fire with her. Holika was wearing a shawl that made her immune with intensified fire, while Prahlada was not. He kept on reverberating Lord Vishnu ‘mantra’, by which the fire could not harm him. Holika burned but Prahlada survived. Vishnu appeared and killed Hiranyakashipu.

The bonfire is a symbol of victory over evil, of Prahlada over Hiranyakashipu, a fire that burned Holika. After that day, Holi is celebrated across the country. 

Festival manifest the victory of good over evil, end of winter season and for many people. It’s a festive day for everything in as they meet to their closed ones, laugh, play and they enjoy to the fullest. On this day we play with colours, enjoy eating sweets, this ritual had a great influence on the story of Sri Krishna and Radha.


The festival of colours is indeed a festival of happiness for everyone. People splashes colours on others and the Indians wait for the entire year to splash colours on everyone. It is a phenomenon which is celebrated across all parts of the world. While Holi, especially in North India is often characterised by groups of young men tossing powder, water balloons on others.

Happy Holi!!!!

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