Holi, the spring harvest festival, has many origins and meanings. It signifies, the advent of spring and the end of winter. It welcomes the season of color. It is also associated with the burning away of evils, and has several stories associated with it, relating to the Demoness Holika, who had a boon that made her fireproof; she grabbed her Godfearing nephew and sat with him on the pyre, only to get burned to a crisp herself, while he survived it all.
We celebrate Holi by having a symbolic burning in our building compound. And we use only dried deadwood and branches already fallen to the ground. No trees are ravaged. Holi is also celebrated by playing with colors. (Rangapanchami).
Holi is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the Indian lunar month Phalguna .