What is Holi?
Holi is another most celebrated festival in Nepal. The season spring not only brings new life but also the festival of colors. Holi is also known as Fagu Purnima, celebrates on full-moon day at the end of the Nepali month of Falgun.
Significance of Holi
According to Hindu mythology, the demon king Hiranyakashyap was given a boon of being immortal who could not be killed by human or any animal. The king wanted people to worship him. However, his son Prahlad was a devotee of Lord Vishnu and refused to worship the king. Hiranyakashyap then planned to kill his son, he asked his sister Holika to hold his son and sit in a pyre. While sitting in the pyre, Prahlad was saved by Lord Vishnu but Holika died, that is why the day is also known as Holika Dahan.
After that, Lord Vishnu took the avatar of Narasimha who was half lion and half human and killed Hiranyakashyap.
Holi has great significance amongst Hindu festivals. Holi signifies the triumph of good over evil. It is believed as a day to forgive and celebrate with every one around us.
How is Holi Celebrated?
The vibrancy of colors bring positivity in life. It is also called the festival of love as people forget their resentments and look forward to unite and celebrate.
In Nepal, Holi is celebrated for two days. The first day is celebrated in the hills and the next day is celebrated in the terai region. The Holika Dahan is also performed in different cities by burning wooden logs to celebrate the victory of good over evil.
Although holi is mostly associated with colors and water games but these days youngsters they organize musical concerts.
On the day of Holi, people visit their friends and relatives house. Family get togethers, color each other, enjoy with varieties of delicacies and drinks. Families gather in one place and enjoy food, music, including hard and soft drinks.
Current Holi Protocol by Nepal Police
Nepal Police has requested all citizens to abide by the health and safety protocols set by the government to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 infection while celebrating Holi.
Spokesperson of Nepal Police, Basanta Bahadur Kunwar, said, “Government has already reminded people to observe Holi festival by staying indoors and avoiding gathering. In this context, all security offices across districts have been urged to maintain security accordingly.”
The Ministry of Health and Population has already cautioned the people that the second wave of Coronavirus infection could spread in Nepal too because it has already hit countries including India, Britain, France and others.