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According to one of the legends, Holi is the celebration of the victory of good over the evil. The demon King Hiranyakashipu was killed by the Supreme God Vishnu after his unfaltering torture to his own son Prahlada. Holika is a bonfire set on Holi eve to mark this legend.
Another legend is based on the love between Radha and Krishna. It is said that as Radha was fair, Krishna wanted to color her face as that of his. After dabbing colors, they became couple and thus Holi became a festival of colors. Holi colors fill the markets one week prior to its arrival and people buy them in bulk quantities to engage in the color festivities. Holi is a festival of harmony of relationships. Families and friends altogether sprinkle and dab colors upon each other, spray water, sing and dance. Holi ushers spring in each and every heart as the season of spring arrives.
1. Vishu; the yellow festival of Kerala
2. The harvest festival Thai Pongal of Tamilnadu