The Hindu community worldwide on March 8 celebrated the victory of good over evil (Holi festival) with the squirting of coloured water on friends and passersby.
Vikkesh Vanzara, Shree Hindu Seva Mandal vice chairman said during an interview that Holi is celebrated with great gaiety as coloured water is squirted on friends and passersby in a joyful manner because of the victory over sin.
“King Hiramyakashyapu had become very proud and powerful and wanted to be worshipped as God. His own son Prahlad refused, because he was a great devotee of Lord Vishny.
“Young Prahlad was made to sit in his aunt Holikaâ€™s lap. It was believed that Holika could never be burnt by fire. A bonfire was lit with Prahlad and Holika in its centre, but Holika was burnt to ashes while Prahlad remained untouched by the fire,” said Vanzara.
Originally Holi was celebrated in India as an agricultural festival on the arrival of spring and this aspect still plays a significant part in the festival in form of the coloured powder.
It is a time when man and nature alike throw off the gloom of winter and rejoice in the colours and liveliness of spring.