Festival of colour

Kathmandu, 13 March.

Holi festival, also known as Phagu Purnima celebrates every year in Nepal. This festival celebrates on a full moon of March by capital and hilly region inhabitants where as Terai region people celebrates on next day. Holi is a festival of love and unity and celebrates the triumph of good over evil. All hearts are lighted with glory and people everywhere enjoy with their near and dear ones with playing different colors.

The festival celebrates smearing colors, spraying colors water and throwing water balloons at each other among friends, relatives and family members. Along with Nepalis, many foreigners too participates the festival of colours in Thamel and Basantapur in Kathmandu.

There are many legends given as the reasons for celebrating holi. Long ago there was a king named Hiranyakashyapu, he had a son, Prahlad – a holy spirit and highly devoted to God. But Prahlad’s devotion enraged Hiranyakashyapu and he planned to kill his own son. He asked her sister Holika, who was immune to fire, to sit in fire taking Prahlad in her lap. Fortunately Prahlad, who was blessed by Lord, was saved and Holika was burnt to ashes. This gave birth to the festival of Holi.

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