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Holi Celebration 2022 | The interesting story behind the festival’s name

People are celebrating Holi, festival of colors, all over India on March 18. The two-day festival celebrates the win of good over evil. On the first day people burn a pyre to celebrate the story of Holika and the next day is celebrated with colors.

March 18, 2022 / 01:48 PM IST
People are celebrating Holi, festival of colors, all over India on March 18. The two-day festival celebrates the win of good over evil. On first day people burn a pyre to celebrate the story of Holika and the next day celebrate it with colors. Let’s know the interesting behind the festival’s name. (Image: News18 Creative)
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People are celebrating Holi, festival of colors, all over India on March 18. The two-day festival celebrates the win of good over evil. On the first day people burn a pyre to celebrate the story of Holika and the next day is celebrated with colors. Here are some interesting facts behind the festival’s name. (Image: News18 Creative)
Once upon a time, there was a demon king called Hiranyakashyap, who ruled over the Earth. (Image: News18 Creative)
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Once upon a time, there was a demon king called Hiranyakashyap, who ruled over the Earth. (Image: News18 Creative)
He wanted all his subjects to worship him. (Image: News18 Creative)
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He wanted all his subjects to worship him. (Image: News18 Creative)
But, to his disappointment, his own son Prahlad did not worship him. (Image: News18 Creative)
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But, to his disappointment, his own son Prahlad did not worship him. (Image: News18 Creative)
Instead, he became a devotee of Lord Vishnu. (Image: News18 Creative)
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Instead, he became a devotee of Lord Vishnu. (Image: News18 Creative)
This made Hiranyakashyap furious. (Image: News18 Creative)
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This made Hiranyakashyap furious. (Image: News18 Creative)
He tried to kill Prahlad by crushing him under an elephant’s foot. (Image: News18 Creative)
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He tried to kill Prahlad by crushing him under an elephant’s foot. (Image: News18 Creative)
He even tried throwing Prahlad off a cliff, but in vain. (Image: News18 Creative)
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He even tried throwing Prahlad off a cliff, but in vain. (Image: News18 Creative)
Lord Vishnu protected the boy from his father’s wrath. (Image: News18 Creative)
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Lord Vishnu protected the boy from his father’s wrath. (Image: News18 Creative)
Frustrated Hiranyakashyap finally turned to his sister Holika for help. (Image: News18 Creative)
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Frustrated Hiranyakashyap finally turned to his sister Holika for help. (Image: News18 Creative)
Holika was blessed with a boon that allowed her to be unharmed by fire. (Image: News18 Creative)
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Holika was blessed with a boon that allowed her to be unharmed by fire. (Image: News18 Creative)
So, she asked little Prahlad to sit on a pyre with her. But, little did she know that for the boon to work, she needed to enter the fire alone. (Image: News18 Creative)
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So, she asked little Prahlad to sit on a pyre with her. But, little did she know that for the boon to work, she needed to enter the fire alone. (Image: News18 Creative)
Holika was burnt to ashes. (Image: News18 Creative)
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Holika was burnt to ashes. (Image: News18 Creative)
But Prahlad – who had been chanting Lord Vishnu’s name all along – emerged unhurt. (Image: News18 Creative)
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But Prahlad – who had been chanting Lord Vishnu’s name all along – emerged unhurt. (Image: News18 Creative)
Thus, Holi derives its name from Holika and marks the victory of good over evil. (Image: News18 Creative)
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Thus, Holi derives its name from Holika and marks the victory of good over evil. (Image: News18 Creative)