Holi, festival of colours, being celebrated today (With photos)

KATHMANDU: Holi, the festival of colours, is being celebrated in Kathmandu Valley and hilly districts by exchanging wishes on Thursday.

Revellers, young and old alike, celebrate the festival by smearing colourful powders and throwing colours and water-filled balloons at each other. The festival will be celebrated in the Tarai region on Friday.

The festival revolves around the mythology of the demon king Hiranya Kashyapu ordering his sister Holika to enter into a fire along with Pralhad, son of the demon king and a devout follower of Lord Bishnu, in her lap so that Pralhad would stop chanting the name of the Lord.

The catch was that Holika wouldn’t burn in the fire because of a boon she had received from god. But it so happened that the fire burnt Holika whereas Pralhad remained unharmed and came out of the fire still chanting the name of god.

Therefore, the festival has been linked to this legend and is celebrated by smearing colour in enjoyment.

The government has announced a public holiday to celebrate the festival.

Photos: Gaurab Paudel

 

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