Holi, the festival of colours, is being celebrated in the capital valley and various hilly and mountainous districts across the country, Wednesday, March 07, 2012. The festival will be celebrated Thursday in the Terai districts.
The festival, also known as Fagu, is celebrated every year on the full moon day of the eleventh month of the lunar calendar. People smear various colours including the red vermillion powder and put water on each other to mark the festival.
This Spring Festival is meant to welcome the spring and win the blessings of Gods for good harvests and fertility of the land. As with all the Hindu festivals, there are many interesting legends attached to Holi, the most popular being that of Prince Prahlad, who was a devout follower of Lord Vishnu.
According to the Mythology, the festival is celebrated to commemorate the death of Holika, sister of a devil king Hiranyakashipu, who tried to kill Pralhad. According to the Myth, Holika entered fire with Pralhad to kill him as she was blessed of not being burnt by fire.
However, the fire burnt Holika instead leaving Pralhad safe. In the recent years, Holi is celebrated in the urban areas by throwing water-filled balloons or plastic bags to each other.
The festival will be concluded in Kathmandu by burning after dropped down the Holi pole ‘chir’ which was erected one week earlier at Basantapur.