Festival of Color
The eight day festival begins with the installation of Chir (a tall bamboo pole tapped with their umbrella-like tires, each fringed with colorful strips of cloth) at the eight days of the waxing moon in March and concludes a the full moon day. People throw colored powder and water at each other during the day.
According to Hindu mythology, the festival is observed to celebrate the extermination of a demon called Holika who had tried to burn Pralad, a devout devotee of Lord Vishnu.
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This Article and upcoming posts are extracted from the book, TOURIST INFORMATION DIRECTORY, 1997. by my Late Father Journalist, Sociologist & Anthropologists, Er. Ramesh Chandra Bandhu Bhattarai.