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Holi, or the festival of colour, is a popular Hindu celebration held during Spring.  The two main days of the festival are Holika Dhahan and Dhulendi.

During Holika Dhahan bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape of the young prince Prahlad.  As punishment for continually worshiping Lord Visnu Prahlad’s father ordered the demoness – Holika, to carry his son into a fire to destroy him.  Holika was burnt but Prahlad, due to his devotion to Lord Visnu, was saved from any injuries.  Holika Dhahan was celebrated in Northampton at the Overstone Activity Park on Thursday 8 March 2012.  As with previous years a large bon fire was lit and people from Northampton and surrounding areas came to pay their respect.

Dhulendi is celebrated the day after Holika Dhahan with people throwing coloured powder and water at each other.  This is a huge celebration in India with thousands of people taking to the streets and literally painting the town, and each other, red (and white, and yellow, and blue, and so on).  In Northampton, Dhulendi was celebrated on Friday 9 March at the Lodge Farm Community Centre.

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