India celebrates festival of colors with great zeal

DN Bureau

Amid of COVID 19 outbreak, nation celebrates Holi with traditional with great zeal, but with precautionary measures.

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New Delhi: Amid of COVID 19 outbreak, nation celebrates Holi with traditional with great zeal, but with precautionary measures.

The festival signifies the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring.

There are varying accounts of Holi’s origin mentioned in several works of ancient Indian literature. According to one popular version , an evil king became so powerful that he forced his subjects to worship him as their god. But to the king’s ire, his son Prahlada continued to be an ardent devotee of the Hindu deity Lord Vishnu. The angry king plotted with his sister, Holika, to kill his son. Holika, who was immune to fire, tricked Prahlada to sit in a pyre with her. When the pyre was lit, the boy’s devotion to Lord Vishnu helped him walk away unscathed while Holika, from whom the festival derives its name, was burned to death despite her immunity.

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