Holi is all about having fun, playing with color and getting doped, all with the permission of the Gods! Add to the celebrations by sending your friends and family warm and bright wishes through our collection of free online greeting cards. Holi in the past was played with colors that were made from herbal sources. These colors did act as antiseptic prevention to many deadly diseases like pox etc., which were prevalent during spring time. The present-day colors are nothing but strong, crude chemicals, which can both be harmful, as well as deadly, in many cases.
There are many stories of the origin of Holi. The most widely held belief is that, Holi marks the day when the devotee of Lord Vishnu, Bhakt Prahlaad, seated on the lap of demoness Holika, was saved from the effect of the fire by God and the demoness got burnt instead. Other stories relate to the death of demoness Putana at the hands of Lord Krishna and to the burning of demoness Hoda by children. Some link the festival with the worship of Karma (the effects of a person's actions that determine his destiny in his next incarnation).