The main festivals of Hindu are Holi, Deepawali, Dussehera and Rakshabandhan.
Holi is celebrated in same form all over the country, that is, in the provinces it’s celebrated, its most popular in northern India; it’s celebrated with gusto in west Bengal too.
Every festival is mostly with a unique story of its own in each province, the most common story about Holi is the burning of female demon Holika by Vishnu when she tried to burn her nephew alive, Prahlad-one of the greatest devotees of Vishnu.
Prahlad was the son of Demon King Hiranyakashipu, Holika was his sister, Prahlad was a staunch devotee of Vishnu, Hiranyakashipu tried to kill him again and again, and finally Vishnu killed him as Nrisimhavatara. Holika was blessed with a boon that fire won’t be able to burn her, so she sat down on a pyre with Prahlad on her lap, to burn him to death, but when the pyre stopped burning it was seen that Holika has reduced to ashes but Prahlad was untouched by the fire. North Indians still symbolically burn Holika the night before holi by burning small mounds of leaves, dry woods (and sometimes furniture stolen from careless homes…).
This festival got its present colourful garb because of Lord Krishna and Radha’s love for this festival; they used to douse each other in colour and the rest of the town too. If you don’t want to get painted red, green and blue don’t step out of your house on this day. It’s absolutely legal to pour buckets of coloured water on strangers on this day; no one will allow you to sue anyone for that. I bolt my door very properly and don’t open it before being sure that the wo/man on the other side of the door is harmless.
Various forms of colours are used- starting from decent, organic, natural colours to grease and paints of cars or machineries. Better beware of the people you chose to play Holi with.
The revelers prepare their weapons with great gusto and usually go out real early; kids often go out with dawn.
By the time sun is properly up you will see bands of men and women painted in various colours visiting the homes of friends and family members to paint them up. They are welcomed with colours and sweets.
It’s just unleashing the playful child of every Indian heart for one day in year.