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Essay on Holi – The Festival of Colours

Holi is an important festival of the Hindus and is celebrated at the end of the winter season and the beginning of spring. Holi is a festival of colours. People throw colour on one another. There is joy every where. “Parties of revellers move about with coloured faces and call others to come out and join them. They greet them with gulal. The young ones, however, are in a playful mood and throw coloured water on everyone they meet. Feasts are arranged and all enjoy themselves to their fill.

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Holi is celebrated in honour of Prahlad, the son of mighty Hiranyakashyapa who regarded himself as powerful as God. Young Prahlad did not agree with him-Hiranyakashyapa could not brook the idea that his son should worship any one except himself, it is said that the boy was tied to red hot pillars but this did not have the desired effect. At last, he ordered him to be burnt alive. Prahlad’s aunt agreed to hold him in her lap. They were set on tire. The aunt, however, got burnt and young Prahlad survived. It was because of this that big bonfires are burnt indicating that truth will prevail while all evil would be destroyed. Thus the day is celebrated as a day of victory of good over evil.

It is on this day that the farmers reap the new crop. It is indeed a day of great joy. The labourers too enjoy it. Groups of people move about with drums and sing songs.

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Some people, however, do not celebrate the festival in the true spirit. They drink and sing vulgar songs. They use mud to smear the faces of their companions. It is most objectionable and should be avoided. We should play clean holi. We should induce people to give up these indecent activities and celebrate the festival is the right spirit. Let us not have malice towards anyone. We should rather make new friends and forget all enmity.

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