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FAGU Poornima Nepali FESTIVAL also Known as Holi

Posted on Mar 25, 2013 by TravelNews under Culture and Festival

Tags: Fagu,Holi,Festival

Fagu poornima or the festival Holi will going to celebrated across the country by smearing 'Abeer' or red vermilion powder and throwing colours and water-filled balloons at each other. One of the widely observed festivals of the country, Holi begins on the eighth day of the new moon and ends with the burning of the "Chir', which was installed earlier, on the full moon day later today.

The festival is celebrated in the hilly areas including Kathmandu valley today and in the Tarai region tomorrow. The festival of Fagu or Holi is a government holiday.The festival revolves around the mythology of the demon king Hiranya Kashyapu ordering his sister Holika to enter into a fire along with Pralhad, son of the demon king and a devout follower of Lord Bishnu, in her lap so that Pralhad would stop chanting the name of the Lord. The catch was that Holika wouldn't burn in the fire because of a boon she had received from god. But it so happened that the fire burnt Holika whereas Pralhad remained unharmed and came out of the fire still chanting the name of god.

From then onwards, the festival has been celebrated by smearing colour in enjoyment.There is also a saying that Lord Bishnu had told Holika that the boon she had received would be meaningless if it was misused. Elders believe that any premonitions can be avoided if "Tika" made from the ashes of the 'Chir' is put on one's forehead or kept in the house. Revelry in the form of pelting pedestrians with water-filled balloons from the upper windows of houses usually marks the festival.

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