Short Essay on Holi Festival [100, 200, 400 Words] With PDF

By | March 2, 2022

In this session today, you will learn how to write short essays on the popular Holy Festival. There is going to be three different sets of short essays on the same topic covering different word limits. 

Feature image of Short Essay on Holi Festival

Short Essay on Holi Festival in 100 Words

Holi is also known as the festival of colours. It is celebrated with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm in the month of March. On the night before Holi, ritual bonfires are lit to recreate the myth of Holika from whom the festival of Holi derives its name. It is meant to symbolise the victory of good over evil. The next day, people play with coloured powders and coloured water.

Delicious foods and sweet dishes are prepared in every household. People visit their loved ones, apply coloured powder on their faces and feet and feast together. Holi is a festival where people let go of their grudges and enmity and become friends again. It is a festival that promotes happiness, brotherhood, goodwill and joy. 


Short Essay on Holi Festival in 200 Words

Holi or the festival of colours, is one of the major Hindu festivals celebrated in India in the month of March. Although Holi is a religious festival of Hindus, people from different religions come together to celebrate it with joy. Celebrations begin a day before Holi, that is, on the day of Holika Dahan. On the night of Holika Dahan, ritual bonfires are lit to recreate the myth of Holika. 

In Hindu mythology, Holika was the sister of an evil demon king and was asked by her brother to kill his son because his son worshipped Lord Vishnu instead of him. Holika had a blessed shawl that was capable of shielding her from fire. Obeying her brother, she covered herself in the shawl and sat on a burning pyre with her nephew. However, because of divine intervention, the shawl fell on her nephew and she died in the fire while he came out unscathed. The festival of Holi is celebrated to mark this victory of good over evil. 

On the day of Holi, people play with coloured powders and coloured water. Delicious foods and sweet dishes are prepared in every household. People visit their loved ones, apply coloured powder on their faces and feet and feast together. Holi is a festival where people let go of their grudges and enmity and become friends again. It is a festival that promotes happiness, brotherhood, goodwill and joy.


Short Essay on Holi Festival in 400 Words

Holi is one of the major Hindu festivals celebrated in India. It is celebrated every year with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm in the month of March. Celebrations begin a day before Holi, that is, on the day of Holika Dahan. On this day, ritual bonfires are lit to recreate the myth of Holika and to symbolise the victory of good over evil. People worship gods and also the fire that has the power to burn away all evil. 

According to Hindu mythology, there was once a demon king called Hiranyakashyap. He was evil and a tyrant but no one could kill him because of a boon that he has received from Lord Brahma. This made him believe he was immortal and he arrogantly ordered the people in his kingdom to worship him instead of the gods. However, to his horror, his own son Prahlad began worshipping Lord Vishnu and became a devotee.

This made Hiranyakashyap so angry he asked his sister, Holika, to kill Prahlad. To kill Prahlad, she built and lit a pyre, covered herself in a blessed shawl and sat on the pyre with her nephew on her lap. But Prahlad’s devotion was so strong that the shawl flew off Holika onto him and she died in the fire while he came out unscathed.

Upon seeing this, Hiranyakashyap’s anger became uncontrollable and he challenged Lord Vishnu to protect Prahlad as he himself attacked his son. To protect Prahlad, Lord Vishnu took the avatar of Narasimha or the one who is half man and a half lion and killed Hiranyakashyap. Holi festival is hence celebrated as a mark of the victory of good over evil. There are also other myths and legends associated with the festival including those of Lord Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. 

On the day of Holi or the festival of colours, people apply coloured powders called Gulal as well as splash coloured water on each other and have a lot of fun playing together. People also make different types of delicious dishes and sweets like Malpua, Gujiya, Thandai and more. They visit their friends and family members to play Holi and feast together. However, many people also engage in activities like drinking alcohol and gambling which is not good and should not be done. 

Holi is a festival where people let go of their grudges and enmity and become friends again. It is a festival that promotes happiness, brotherhood, goodwill and joy. Holi is celebrated throughout India and Nepal and also in many other countries.


 In this session above, I have discussed all possible aspects relevant to writing short essays on Holi Festival. I have adopted a simplistic approach for a better understanding of all kinds of students. If you still have any queries regarding this session, post them in the comment section below. 

Thank you so much. 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.