Holika Dahan also Kamudu pyre is celebrated by burning Holika, an asura. For many traditions in Hinduism, Holi celebrates the killing of Holika by Vishnu in order to save Prahlad, a devotee of God Vishnu in the city of Multan Pakistan, and thus Holi gets its name. In olden days, people use to contribute a piece of wood or two for the Holika bonfire, and this represents Holika being consumed by the fire in which she tried to kill her nephew Prahalad.
- Date: March 09 2020
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- Significance: The night before Holi, pyres are burnt in North India, Nepal and parts of South India in keeping with this tradition.
- Type: Hindu festival
- Celebrations: The day after Holika Dahan; On Holi: spray colors on others, dance, party; eat festival delicacies
- Observed By: Hindu
- Religious Type: Hinduism