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Water guns and water-filled balloons are also used to play and colour each other.

Finally, Holika, Prahlada's evil aunt, tricked him into sitting on a pyre with her. Vishnu, the god who appears as an avatar to restore Dharma in Hindu beliefs, took the form of Narasimha - half human and half lion, at dusk (when it was neither day nor night), took Hiranyakashyapu at a doorstep (which was neither indoors nor outdoors), placed him on his lap (which was neither land, water nor air), and then eviscerated and killed the king with his lion claws (which were neither a handheld weapon nor a launched weapon).

In the Braj region of India, where the Hindu deity Krishna grew up, the festival is celebrated until Rangpanchmi in commemoration of the divine love of Radha for Krishna.

The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships.

month of Phalguna, which falls somewhere between the end of February and the middle of March in the Gregorian calendar.

The Holi festival has a cultural significance among various Hindu traditions of the Indian subcontinent.

It is the festive day to end and rid oneself of past errors, to end conflicts by meeting others, a day to forget and forgive.

Rati performs her own meditative asceticism for forty days, upon which Shiva understands, forgives out of compassion and restores the god of love.

This return of the god of love, is celebrated on the 40th day after Vasant Panchami festival as Holi.

The love god shoots arrows at Shiva, the yogi opens his third eye and burns Kama to ashes.

This upsets both Kama's wife Rati (Kamadevi) and his own wife Parvati.

The frolic and fight with colours occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings.