Happy Choti Holi! Know All About The Significance Of The Festival

| March 1 , 2018 , 12:29 IST

India is the land of festivals. Every festival in the country is celebrated with great enthusiasm and pomp. Holi, the festival of colours is one of the most fun and joyful festivals. A day before rangwali Holi, the nation is celebrating Choti Holi or Holika Dahan on March 1st.

Choti Holi is celebrated as a festival representing the victory of good over evil. The legend behind Holika Dahan says that a demon king named Hiranyakashipu had a son, Prahlad, who became a devotee of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashipu couldn’t tolerate his son’s devotion towards Vishnu and he called his demon sister Holika to kill Prahlad.

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Holika, was gifted by the God to never get harmed by the fire, sat in the fire and kept Prahlad in her lap on the order of his father but Prahlad was saved by the grace and love of Vishnu as he was a true devotee of him. And Holika burnt in the fire and died. 

People on this day of Choti Holi set a fire in the huge heap of woods in parks or community centres or near temples and celebrate Holika Dahan as a symbol of the victory of good over evil. Women sing ceremonial songs during the Holika Dahan. People also perform parikrama (circling) of the fire.

People also roast 'Jau' in the fire and offer the roasted grains to their loved ones and take some in exchange. It is believed that this process of burning jau in the fire will end problems and bring positivity in life. This puja is mostly followed in Northern India.

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The next morning, people play with colours with their family members, relatives, friends and neighbours.