Holi or Fagu festival is being celebrated by smearing Abeer (red vermilion powder) and throwing colour and water-filled balloons at each other. An important festival of the Nepalese people, Holi begins on the eighth day of the new moon and ends with the burning of the “Cheer’, which was installed earlier, on the full moon day Saturday.
The festival revolves around mythology of the demon king Hiranya Kashyapu ordering his sister Holika to enter 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 the fire burned Holika whereas Pralhad remained unharmed and came out of the fire still chanting the name of god.
Holi is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm in city of haridwar.