Wednesday, March 29

Celebrations around the world mark spring’s advent

Observers around the world on Friday celebrated Holi, the springtime Festival of Colors with Hindu origins, which marks the season’s arrival and good’s triumph over evil.

Holi is named after Holika, the demoness aunt of a king’s disloyal son in one of the festival’s source myths, according to In that story, King Hiranyakshyap grows frustrated and jealous enough at his son’s worship of Lord Naarayana that the king asks his sister de el Holika to sit in a fire with his son de ella, Prahlad, in her lap de ella.

Holika does so and burns to death while Prahlad—who chants the name of Lord Naarayana—emerges unharmed as Naarayana’s reward for his unyielding devotion. Effigies of Holika burnt throughout the holiday reference this myth.

Children place there near a large effigy of the demon Holika to be burnt on the eve of Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, March 17, 2022. (Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP via Getty Images)

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