The festivals find a detailed description in early religious works such as Jaimini’s Purvamimamsa-Sutras and Kathaka-Grhya-Sutras. The Holi word originated from “Holika”. The ancient legend of Holika and Prahlad tells the story of victory of good over evil. Prahlad has to fight the demon king Hiranyakashyap, who tries everything to kill him supported by his sister Holika. Finally Prahlad, who keeps reciting a protecting mantra, survives and Holika burns in a fire.
Every year, thousands of Hindus participate in the festival Holi. The festival has many purposes. First and foremost, it celebrates the beginning of the new season, spring. 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.
Holi is normally celebrated and played with colorful powders that are throughn into the air. Like this entire streets are covered under colourful clowds. Boundaries between cast and creed disappear as people of all backrounds gather on the streets to celebrate. The festival has become so popular now, that the concept has spread all over the world. Holi-celebrations are organized in different cities like Berlin. Fun will be guaranteed!