Kathmandu, Mar. 23 (ANI): People in the Kathmandu Valley and hilly regions celebrated Holi, the festival of colours, with great enthusiasm today by smearing colourful powders on each other and exchanging greetings.
According to a legend, the festival commemorates the victory of good over evil and centres around the story of how Prahlad, a devoted worshipper of Lord Vishnu, was saved when the demon king Hiranyakashyap’s sister Holika threw him into a blazing fire.
The foreign tourists also celebrated the festival in the streets of the capital, especially at Basantapur, Durbar Marg and Thamel.
Hundreds of youth gathered at Bastantapur Durbar Square and celebrated Holi, also called Fagu Purnima, with dance and music.
It is said the festival marks the end of winter season and welcomes summer.
People in the Tarai will be celebrating the festival tomorrow. A public holiday was announced to mark Holi.
The Metropolitan Police said the festival passed off peacefully except sporadic incidents of hooliganism, reported Himalayan Times.
The Nepal Ministry of Home Affairs and district administration offices and police in the Valley had warned the people against misbehaving with strangers on the pretext of the festival.(ANI)