Holi is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus as a festival of colors. It is observed in India and Nepal primarily. It is also observed by the Hindus in Bangladesh and Pakistan as well in other countries where Hindu lives. Holi have significance in the Braj region, which includes locations traditionally related to the Lord Krishna: Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandagaon, and Barsana. Many tourist visits this places during the colors festival period, Holi.
Hindus greets each other, the turn of winter into spring with a splash of color, in some areas, a geyser of color every year. Hindus celebrates the Holi festival of Colors, across the India and throughout the world with prayer, camaraderie, special food, and a general sense of mischief as they douse each other in dyes and colored water.
There is a one belief about holi festival celebration in Hindu religion.
In Vaishnavism, Hiranyakashipu was the great king of demons, and he had been granted a boon by Brahma, which made it almost impossible to be kill him. The boon was due to his long penance, after which he had demanded that he should not be killed “during day or night; inside the home or outside, not on earth or in the sky; neither by a man nor an animal; neither by astra nor by shastra”. Consequently, aquarieng this boon, he grew arrogant and attacked the Heavens and the Earth. He demanded that people should stop worshipping the Gods and start praising respectfully to him. Hiranyakashipu, on the lap, being killed by Lord Narasimha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.According to this belief, Hiranyakashipu’s son, Prahlada, was a gret devotee of Lord Vishnu. In spite of several threats from Hiranyakashipu, Prahlada continued worshiping to Lord Vishnu. He was poisoned by Hiranyakashipu, but the poison not affected to Pralhad. He was ordered to be trampled by elephants even he remained unharmed. He was placed in a room with hungry, poisonous snakes and still he survived. All attempts of Hiranyakashipu to kill his son failed. Finally, he ordered Prahlada to sit on a pyre in the lap of Holika, Hiranyakashipu’s demoness sister, who also could not die due to, she had a boon that preventing her from being burned by fire. Prahlada happyli accepted his father’s orders, and prayed Lord Vishnu to keep him safe. When the fire started, everyone watched in amazement that Holika burnt to death, while Prahlada survived unharmed. The salvation of Prahlada and burning of Holika is celebrated as Holi. The ritual of witch burning is also present in other spring festivals, like Walpurgis Night.
In Mathura, where Lord Krishna’s childhood was grown up, the Holi festival of Colors is celebrated for 16 days (until Rangpanchmi) in commemoration of the divine love of Radha and Krishna.
Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh
Holi Color Festival is celebrated with much more colorfully here in AP and Karnatka. In the Indian communities, it is also here a school holiday. There is also a tradition in rural Karnataka where children collect money and wood for weeks prior to Holi, and on Kamadhana (Purnima) night all the wood is put together and burn it. This festival is celebrated for two days. People in north Karnataka prepare special food on this day. In Andhra Pradesh Holi is celebrated along with Basnata Panchami. In the Telangana region, especially the capital of Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad, Holi is a major festival, and the festivities and color starts appearing at least a day before the actual Holi day.