|| Holi, is known as festival of Colours. It is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna Purnima, which usually falls in March, sometimes in late February. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of good over bad. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other Happy Holi. There are many interesting legends attached to Holi, the most popular being that of Prince Prahlad, who was a devout follower of Lord Vishnu. It is the second most important festival of India after Diwali.. Holi was introduced in Mathura and Vridvana by Lord Krishna himself and that is why Holi holds a special significance in the eastern part of the country.
Day before Holi, Dola Utsav is celebrated everywhere in Odisha. The idols of Krishna and Radha are taken out in a procession around the main streets of the city and villages. Devotees take turn to swing it while women dance around it and sing devotional songs. All this while men keep spraying coloured water and colour powder, ‘abeer’ at them.