We all celebrate Holi, but how many of us knows the history of it! Well! Just like we celebrate Diwali to mark the return of Lord Ram to his kingdom of Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. In the same way we’re having a mythological reason to celebrate Holi. And the quora writer Sandeep Goyal has described it so well that we all should know about it.
“Originally, it was a festival that commemorated good harvests and the fertile land. Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring’s abundant colors and saying farewell to winter.
To me Holi reminds me of a famous legend. The legend I remember by heart as my mother used to narrate every year.
The legend says there once lived a devil and powerful king, Hiranyakashipu. He considered himself a god and wanted everybody to worship him. But his own son, Prahlada, was a devoted follower of Vishnu. For Hiranyakashipu, Vishnu was his mortal enemy. And his son’s devotion towards Vishnu made him so angry and upset that he decided to kill him. But all the attempts to kill the boy failed. Prahlada was protected by Vishnu’s mystical power.
Hiranyakashipu asked his sister, Holika to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap. Holika had a special gift that prevented her from being harmed by fire.
Legend has it that because of Prahlada’s extreme devotion, Holika was burnt down but nothing happened to Prahlad. The burning of Holika is celebrated as Holi festival in Hinduism. Holi also celebrates the legend of Radha and Krishna. Which describes the extreme delight, Krishna took in applying color on Radha and other gopis. This prank of Krishna later, became a trend and a part of the Holi festivities.”