Holi - An Indian Festival
On the contrary to public belief, Holi is not just a festival of colors. It also signifies of death/burning of the female demon – Holika, from the festival got its name.On the night of this festival, bonfires are lit up signifying the burning of this demon. Children and people dance around the fire beating on traditionally made colorful drums.
On the second day, known as Dhuleti or Dhulivandan, people enjoy by throwing coloured powder and water at each other. the playful throwing of the coloured powders has a medicinal significance: the colours are traditionally made of Neem, Kumkum, Haldi, Bilva, and other medicinal herbs.
Due to the vast area and cultures covered by India, all festivals just like holi are celebrated in different ways in different states, depending on the culture and heritage of that particular part. Also make a note that Holi is celebrated on the fullmoon day in a certain month in hindu calendar, so it doesn’t fall on 21st March every year.
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