Story behind celebrating Holi festival 

There is a legend associated with Holi people of all religion in India celebrate Holi.

There was a Demon King Hiranyakashipu. The demon was very cruel, egoistic and wants every on this Earth to worship him. Demon Hiranyakashyap’s son Prahlad was a Bhakt of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashipu wanted his son to also worship him and not Lord Vishnu. But the son continued to worship Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashipu had started torturing his son and he wanted him to die He poisoned him, thrown him from mountain but Prahlad survived all attacks by the mercy and grace of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashipu had one sister named Holika who got a boon that fire cannot burn her. Hiranyakashipu thought that if Prahlad is made to sit with Holika on fire, Prahlad will be burnt but his sister will come alive due to her boon. But it happened other way round. Due to the mercy of Lord Vishnu Holika was burnt alive but Prahlad survived. Hindu do Holika Dahan and celebrate Holi by applying colours on each other's face.The story of Holika's conflict signifies the triumph of good over evil, and death of Holika is celebrated as Holi.

Origin of Holika Dahan For many traditions in Hinduism, Holi celebrates the death of Holika in the process of saving Prahlad who was a ardent Vishnu devotee. Since Holika dies so this festival of colours got the name as Holi. The night before Holi pyres are burnt in North India in keeping with this tradition. It should also be noted that in some parts of India the day is actually called Holika. There are other activities associated with the story of Prahlad, but the burning of Holika is the one that we can most directly associate with Holi. Fire burnt on the eve of Holi symbolizes the burning of Holika. The story as a whole is testament to the power of devotion over the evil represented by King Hiranyakashyapu, as Prahlad never lost his faith.The burning of Holika is the most common mythological explanation for the celebration of Holi. In different parts of India varying reasons are given for Holika's death.

Vishnu stepped in and hence Holika burnt. Holika was given the power by Brahma on the understanding that it can never be used to bring harm to anyone. One other text says that Holika was a good person and it was the clothes that she wore that gave her the power and knowing that what was happening was wrong, she gave them to Prahlad and hence died herself. Holika wore a shawl that would protect her from fire. So when she was asked to sit in the fire with Prahlad she put on the shawl and sat Prahlad down in her lap. When the fire was lit Prahlad began praying to Lord Vishnu. So Lord Vishnu summoned a gust of wind to blow the shawl off of Holika and on to Prahlad, saving him from the flames of the bonfire and burning Holika to her death.
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