Holi - an enchanting spring spectacle
In India, when the Holi Festival takes place, spring has arrived! People in
India are just as pleased to see the back of winter as we are, and celebrate
the arrival of spring in joyful, boisterous style,
smearing their skin with colorful powders and generally having a good time.
During the festival large bonfires are lit to burn a straw effigy known as
Holika. The effigy symbolizes a demoness who, according to legend,
sat in a burning fire with the King’s son in her lap, intending to
kill the child. But the Hindu god Vishnu intervened
to protect the child whilst Holika burned to death in the flames.