Why we celebrate 'Holika Dahan' ?...Know the real story

New Delhi, Feb 28: Holi also Known as 'festival of colours' is a Hindu Spring festival, which signifies the victory of good over evil will be celebrated on the 2nd March this year. Preparation of the celebration has started already. Everyone is busy preparing Holi parties by making sweets, buying colours. 

Before Holi, we celebrate 'Holika Dahan' also known as Choti Holi. This year it will be celebrated on 1 March. There is a very old legend behind this ritual. Once there was a Demon king named 'Hiranyakashipu. He has gained a boon from Lord Brahma that he could not be killed by a human or any animal.

He insisted everyone to only worship him or they would be killed. But his son 'Prahlad' was a devotee of Lord Krishna and continued to worship him. This made the King angry and he took help of his sister Holika to kill his own son.

Holika, who had a garment that prevented her from fire sat on a bonfire with Prahlad by tricking him. As the fire started the magical garment covered Prahlad and Holika turned into ashes.

This story is about the victory of good over evil. Since that day the tradition to celebrate 'Holika Dahan' began and got its name.