Holi, the Hindu festival of color, is being celebrated across the country. Hindu Community celebrates Holi in their neighborhoods, smearing colored powders and throwing water-filled balloons at one another on this Colorful and joyful event, Photo By Yasir Kazmi, Karachi, Pakistan.
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. The festival revolves around mythology of the demon king Hiranya Kashyapu ordering his sister Holi ka to sit on a fire 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 Holi ka was burned in fire while Pralhad remained unharmed and came out of the fire chanting the name of god.
From then onwards, the festival has been celebrated by smearing colour in delight. Elders believe that any premonitions can be avoided if “Tika” made from the ashes of the ´Chir´ is put on one´s or kept in the house.