story centres around an arrogant king Hiranyakashyapu who resents
his son Prahlada for worshipping Lord Vishnu. He attempts to kill
his son but fails each time. Finally, the king's sister Holika who
is said to be immune to burning, sits with the boy in a huge fire.
prince Prahlada emerges unscathed, while his aunt burns to death.
Holi commemorates this event from mythology, and huge bonfires are
burnt on the eve of Holi as its symbolic representation.
history of the origin of Holi goes back to Hindu mythology when
Lord Krishna killed the demon "Madhu" in ancient Braj
or modern Mathura in U.P. Therefore, Lord Krishna who was from Nandagaon
and Radha who was from the small town of Barsana are worshiped on
this auspicious day.
Holi is spread
over 16 days in Vrindavan as well as Mathura - the two cities with
which Lord Krishna shared a deep affiliation.
Apart from the
usual fun with coloured powder and water, Holi is marked by vibrant
processions which are accompanied by folk songs, dances and a general
sense of abandoned vitality. It is celebrated with special joy and
zest at Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandgaon, and Barsna.