Holi festival: Celebrating triumph of good over evil

28th Mar, 2021 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, March 28: The Holi Festival, also known as the festival of colors, is one of the major festivals of the Hindu religion and Nepali culture. People all over Nepal celebrate holi by throwing color powders and waters to friends, families and relatives.

This festival is also known for celebrating togetherness as it unites everyone together. This festival is not only celebrated among Hindu people but also people from other different caste and culture celebrate this festival.  These days various tourists are also found celebrating this festival.

The festival revolves around the holy story of demon king Hiranya Kashyap and his sister Holika who was blessed with the power of God that she won't be affected by the fire at all but she was warned by Lord Vishnu that the boon she had received would be meaningless if it was misused. 

One day, King Hiranya Kashyap ordered his sister Holika to sit on fire with Praladh, who was the son of the king Hiranya Kashyap and also he was a great follower of Lord Vishnu. When Holika sat on fire by carrying Praladh on her lap, Praladh kept on chanting Lord Vishnu's name.

Legend has said that Holika burnt herself in the fire because she misused her power. Meanwhile, Pralhad remained unharmed and came out of the fire chanting the name of Lord Vishnu. From then onwards, the festival has been celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil.