Men, women and children gathered at their neighbourhood temples, drenched themselves with colours, sang and danced to popular tunes linked to Holi. The festival is awaited for its fanfare and frolic.
The day begins with prayers and is followed with people playing with colours and enjoying special dishes made during the festival. In the evenings, people visit their relatives and friends to greet each other. “Our lives should be as colourful as we colour everyone here. Our lives should not be black and white but coloured,” said a Hindu girl, Priyanka Dewali.
“We give this message to the world that everyone should live peacefully; everyone should live with love and delight. Holi is the name of love,” added Vinod Kumar, another member of the Hindu community. Holi is associated with the Hindu legend of Holika, who tried to kill her nephew, Prahalad, by sitting with him in the fire.
Holika was given the magic power, which made her immune to fire. However, since she was using this power for evil purpose, Prahalad survived, while Holika was burnt to death.
At Holi, huge bonfires are burnt. In some places dummy of Holika is also burnt. The exuberant festival is also associated with the eternal love of Hindu god Krishna and his consort Radha. Celebrated at the onset of spring it also holds a mythological importance - that of the triumph of good over evil. Hindus form less than three percent of Pakistan’s Muslim dominant population.
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