New Delhi: The Google letters are taking on a fresh set of colors in honor of the Holi festival on Thursday. Coinciding with the arrival of spring, the vibrant celebration looks a lot like the Doodle: people run around happily covering each other in a rainbow of powdery hues.
Amid the cloud of red, blue, yellow, green, and everything in between, festival-goers can often be found laughing, singing, and dancing in the streets. The joyous event, which takes place in India, Nepal, and other countries around the world, traditionally marks the triumph of good over evil. It also gives family and friends a chance to simply come together, enjoying a spirited “Festival of Colors” that undoubtedly lives up to its name.
It further defines Holi as “a Hindu spring festival celebrated in some northern states of the Indian subcontinent, also known as the ‘festival of colours’ “. According to an Indian mythological tale, the festival of Holi celebrates the victory of good over evil.
It also represents the story of the death of Holika, the sister of a king named Hiranyakashipu who had fallen to her own trap set to kill his nephew Prahlad who is said to be saved by Lord Krishna as the latter went on to rule the kingdom of ‘Daityas’.
Usually, Holi is celebrated across two days. The first day is marked by ‘Holika Dahan’ where the people lit various borne fires and gather around to offer their prayers.