Holi is a festival of colors. It is celebrated in March or April. It welcomes the Spring. People in India have been celebrating Holi since a long time. It is celebrated in almost all of India. Holi is included in the public holidays in India. Holi is played with Gulal (dry Holi) or Rang (wet Holi). All people are in a jolly mood. They forget social distinctions. They mix with all freely. People generally play wet Holi.
Holi in IITK
IITK students celebrate this festival with great pleasure.
There was a demon-king named Hiranyakashipu who won over the kingdom of earth and ordered everybody to worship him and not the God. However, his little son Prahlad refused to do so and continued to worship the almighty Lord Vishnu, the Hindu God. He tried many times to kill him but Lord Vishnu saved him every time. One of the sisters of the king named Holika had powers to walk through fire unharmed. Thus he ordered her to kill Prahlad by walking through the fire with him. However, Lord Vishnu came to his help and Prahlad was saved while Holika perished. Somehow, she didn't knew that her powers were only effective if she entered the fire alone. Even today, bonfires are lit on the night of Holi in memory of the event and burning of the wicked aunt Holika.