Holi is a major festival in many regions of India and marks the beginning of spring. On this day, friends and families get together to celebrate with flowers, colors, and water. While there are many legends as to why this festival is celebrated, the most common one is the story of King Hiranyakashyap and his son.
King Hiranyakashyap punished his son Prahlad in many ways to denounce Lord Vishnu, who had killed his brother. When no method seemed to work, he asked his sister Holika to take Prahlad in her lap and enter a burning fire. Holika had received a blanket as a boon from the gods in which she could enter a blazing fire without getting burnt. Upon her brother’s commands she entered the fire with Prahlad. However, she wrapped her nephew in the blanket, sacrificing herself. As her body burnt to ashes bright colors were released from the fire. These colors were a symbol of her bravery and love, leading to the Hindu festival of Holi in her memory.