A splash of colour

Holi Hai ! Google dedicates doodle to festival of colours

Google's homepage features colorful artwork from Amrita Marino that depicts dhol players represented by the colors red, yellow, blue and green.

Holi is a festival traditionally celebrated by those of the Hindu faith but it has been embraced by all cultures and religions, especially here in North Texas.

Vishnu's reincarnation Lord Krishna liked to play pranks on village girls by drenching them in water and colours - which is where the tradition came from. Often described as a "free-for-all", people gather together in large groups to cover each other in vibrant colored water and powders.

Holi marks the end of the winter period and the start of spring - which is definitely a cause for celebration.

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Millions of young and old across the country on Friday celebrated Holi, smearing vibrant colours on each other and exchanging candies to spread joy and welcome the beginning of spring in India.

The evenings are spent visiting friends and family.

The festival brings together everyone as equals - children can douse their parents and grandparents in water and women can splash men with colour.

This year's national holiday falls on Friday, March 2. His son, however, followed Vishnu, the protector of the universe, turning his back on the demon.

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The morning after the full moon is when the most fun happens for those who celebrate Holi.

This would mean Holika would survive because of her enchanted shawl which protected her from fire - but the plan failed.

In modern day Holi celebrations, Holika's cremation is often reenacted by lighting bonfires on the night before Holi, known as Holika Dahan.

Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher and Juhi Chawla sent out Holi wishes to their fans, urging them to enjoy a safe and happy festival of colours.

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