Originally, the festival was named after Holika, sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu. As the story goes, she tricked her her nephew Prahlada into sitting in a fire with her. However, unknown to Prahlada, Holika had a cloak to protect herself. As the fires burned, the cloak flew off Holika and protected Prahlada. This is why those who celebrate Holi in India and Nepal start with a bonfire (sometimes with an effigy of Holika) to signify evil being burned away.
Today, there are many Holi-inspired festivals throughout the world that are based on the same concept of joy and togetherness, along with using the coloured powders.
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