Holi is one of the most iconic Hindu festivals – characterized by large jubilant crowds spraying colorful pink, orange and yellow powder on one another. Per the Hindu lunar calendar, it is celebrated in the month of Phalguna during purnima (full moon). Known by many names such as Phagwa, Dulhendi and Rang Panchami, it heralds the coming of the summer season and celebrates the triumph of good over evil. An important part of Holi is the ritual bonfire which symbolizes the burning of impurities from the mind.
The festival derives its names from the legends associated with Prahlad, a young boy who survived an attempt by his aunt Holika to kill him due to his supreme devotion to Bhagwan Vishnu. In Vrindavan and Nandgoan, the birthplace of Krishna, the festival is uniquely celebrated for seven days and has special associations with Vaishnava bhakti traditions.
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People playing Holi in Rajasthan
Holi: Legends of Prahlad and Krishna Kindle Edition
Puja Amin (Author), Visual Myths (Illustrator), Vivian Delchamps (Editor)