Holi 2018: how to celebrate the festival of colour

As Sridevi leaves for her heavenly abode Holi in Bollywood will have no colour

As Sridevi leaves for her heavenly abode Holi in Bollywood will have no colour

Google's homepage features colorful artwork from Amrita Marino that depicts dhol players represented by the colors red, yellow, blue and green.

President Ram Nath Kovind had also greeted fellow citizens on the festival of Holi and prayed for peace, joy and prosperity in everyone's lives. On this auspicious day, people offer traditional prayers, play with colours and water, sing, dance and play music.

Bollywood Celebrates like Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Juhi Chawla and many more on Friday sent the Holi wishes to their fans, and said them to enjoy a safe and happy festival of colours and candies.

The roots of the festival lie in the Hindu legend of Holika, a female demon, and the sister of the demon, King Hiranyakashayap. It is a festival of brotherhood and people should celebrate with this spirit. A day before Holi, people celebrate Choti Holi, where they burn stash of woods to fend off evil.

"These are golden moments as all the members of our family have gathered to celebrate this festival", said Avantika Suresh, a Karol Bagh resident.

The festival brings together everyone as equals - children can douse their parents and grandparents in water and women can splash men with colour.

It is celebrated each year around the time of the vernal equinox, and is typically celebrated in March but sometimes as early as February.

Hiranyakashipu was supposedly the ruler of the universe and superior to all the gods - but his son chose to follow the god Vishnu. It starts on the evening of Purnima (full moon) and lasts throughout the night and the next day. Holika would survive because she had an enchanted shawl that would protect her from the flames.

Vishnu - the preserver and protector of the universe - saved Prahlad and killed Holika instead.

Youths enjoy Holi celebrations in Bhaktapur.

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