Friday, May 4, 2012
Holi festival (The festival of colour)
The eight day festival begins with the installation of chir (a tall bamboo pole tapped with their umbrella- like tires, each fingered with colourful strips of cloth) at the eighth days of the waxing moon in March and concludes the full moon day. People throw coloured powder and water at each other during the days. According to Hindu mythology, the festival is observed to celebrate the extermination of a demon called Holika who had tried to burn Pralhad, a devout devotee of Lord Vishnu.