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MGM High School Students Reminded of Holi Origins

  Students of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) High School yesterday celebrated Holi with powder and cheer, marking the festival of colour. Holi symbolises the victory of good over evil, said
11 Mar 2017 12:25
MGM High School Students Reminded of Holi Origins
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial High School during Holi celebration yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

 

Students of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) High School yesterday celebrated Holi with powder and cheer, marking the festival of colour.

Holi symbolises the victory of good over evil, said headgirl Vintishna Singh.

“Holi is known as festival of colours and on this day people unite to celebrate Holi,” she said.

Vintishna also told the students, teachers and school management, gathered to mark this Hindu celebration, about one of the more famous origin stories about the festival.

Vintishna said: “King Hiranyakashipu was the king of demons and had earned a boon that gave him five special powers: he could be killed by neither a human being nor an animal, neither indoors nor outdoors, neither at day nor at night, neither by astra (projectile weapons) nor by any shastra (handheld weapons), and neither on land nor in water or air.

“After receiving this boon, Hiranyakashipu grew arrogant, thought he was God and demanded that everyone worship only him.

“Hiranyakashipu would punish or kill people who did not worship, but his own son Prahlada was a true devotee of Lord Vishnu,” she said.

Vintishna said this infuriated Hiranyakashipu.

“He subjected Prahlada to cruel punishments, none of which affected the boy or his resolve to do what he thought was right.

“Finally, Holika, Prahlada’s evil aunt, tricked him into sitting on a pyre with her. Holika was wearing a cloak that made her immune to injury from fire, while Prahlada was not.

“As the fire roared, the cloak flew from Holika and encased Prahlada, who survived while Holika burned,” she said.

Vnitishna said Lord Vishnu then appeared as an avatar to restore Dharma in Hindu beliefs, took the form of Narasimha – a half human and half lion, at dusk (when it was neither day nor night), took Hiranyakashyapu to a doorstep (which was neither indoors nor outdoors), placed him on his lap (which was neither land, water nor air), and then eviscerated and killed the king with his lion claws (which were neither a handheld weapon nor a launched weapon).

After revealing this origin of the festival, Vnitishna, along with her fellow students celebrated with pouring harmless white powder on each other.

Holi is on Monday March 13.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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