In India, we celebrate Holi, the festival of colors, prior to which there is a remarkable celebration that symbolizes the victory of triumph over evil, which we Indians have named as “Holika Dahan”, since the ancient mythological era.
Significance of Holi & the story of devotion and Truthfulness
Once there was a demon king named Hiranyakashyap who won over the kingdom of earth. He was such an egoistic entity that he commanded everybody in his kingdom to worship only him. But to his regret, his son, Prahlad became an ardent devotee of Lord Narayana and refused to worship his father(Hiranyakashyap).
Hiranyakashyap tried various ways to kill his son Prahlad but Lord Vishnu saved him every time. Finally, he asked his sister, Holika to enter the blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap. Hiranyakashyap knew that Holika had a boon, whereby she could enter the fire unharmed..
Perfidiously, Holika cajoled young Prahlad to sit on her lap and she herself took her seat in a blazing fire. Holika was unaware of the fact that the boon worked only when she entered the fire alone. She had to pay for her sinister acts by losing her life in that blazing fire.
All the while Prahlad kept chanting the name of Lord Narayana and came out unscathed, as the lord blessed him for his immense devotion.
Thus, Holi derives its name from Holika. And, is celebrated as a festival of victory of good over evil.
One thing that we all must keep in mind that no matter whether someone is witnessing you sinning in terms of doing wrong to others, or not, the truth and righteousness will always prevail.
The very next day of Holika Dahan, we play with the colors to celebrate the victory of good over evil.
Wishing you all a very Happy Holi.