Respected Principal, teachers and my dear friends. A very pleasant morning to all of you. I am very happy to present a speech on ‘Holi’ in front of you as it is one of my favourite festivals.
We all know that Holi is a festival of colours. People enjoy it by using colours and by pouring water with the help of a water gun on each other. We also enjoy it with a variety of cuisines. The most important sweet of this festival is ‘gujiya’. It is the most entertaining and joyful festival of the country.
We celebrate this festival with the triumph of good over evil. The main object of this festival is love and compassion with each other. On this auspicious day, we should get rid of all the ill-feelings towards each other and spread happiness.
Before the colourful day, we also celebrate Holika Dahan, which is a part of Holi festival. The reason behind celebrating this festival is a story of a king named Hiranyakashyapu which I will be sharing with you.
This king had a son, Prahlad who was highly devoted to god. Prahlad’s devotion made his father angry and his father decided to kill him. He asked his sister, Holika, who was immune to fire, to sit in the fire with Prahlad in her lap.
Fortunately, Prahlad was blessed by God and didn’t get burnt but Holika was burnt to ashes. This led to the festival of Holi. Hence, just the day before the colours day, people in India, celebrate Holika Dahan. They collect wood and unnecessary things and put them on fire.
The story behind the Holika Dahan inspires us and gives us the message that it is always the goodness that wins over evil. With this message to remember, I wish you all a very happy and joyful Holi.
Thank you all for your time and patience and I wish you a very happy Holi once again.