The Origin of the Holi Festival

               The Holi festival of Northern India is known as Dol-Yatra in Bengal. It is pre-eminently a festival of those who are devotees of Vishnu, whether known as Narayana or Krishna. Early in the morning of the appointed day, the Full Moon day in the month of Phalguna, the diety is brought in his throne to the Pavillion and placed there with his face turned to the south. He is anointed and bathed, and after the usual worship with flowers, touched with coloured powder. The throne is suspended by means of cards and rocked seven times. hence the name is Dol or swinging. Sometimes, he is carried in a procession in the afternoon amid great rejoicing, and coloured powder and water thrown on each others person. Thus, ends the festival which is sometimes, continued for a few days more. In the preceding night, however, there is also rejoicing, through chiefly among children. A bonfire is made in the evening in which a figure called 'meda' ar ram is burnt. This ceremony is known as 'Charchari' in Sanskrit and 'Chanchari' in Bengal.