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Today’s Focus: Holi
A Hindu festival celebrated annually on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna (late Feb/early March).
The festival celebrates spring, commemorates various events in Hindu mythology and is a time of disregarding social norms and indulging in general merrymaking.
During Holi, Hindus attend a public bonfire, spray friends and family with coloured powders and water, and go a bit wild, which is why this is also known as the ‘Festival of Colours’.
The festival is associated with the enduring love between Lord Krishna (an incarnation of Vishnu) and Radha. According to legend, the young Krishna complianed to his mother that Radha was so fair and he was so dark, so his mother advised him to apply colour on Radha’s face and see how her complexion would change.
Daily Trivia: According to a British Law passed in 1845, attempting to commit suicide was a capital offense. Offenders could be hanged for trying.