the Hindu spring festival.

Origin of Holi

1905–10; < Hindi holī < Prakrit holiyā < Skt holikā
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a Hindu spring festival, celebrated for two to five days, commemorating Krishna's dalliance with the cowgirls. Bonfires are lit and coloured powder and water thrown over celebrants

Word Origin for Holi

named after Holika, legendary female demon
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