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Kathmandu;The Fagu festival this year was celebrated on Thursday ( March 5, 2015) in hills and mountain regions of the country including Kathmandu valley .

The Fagu  formally starts with the installation of the chir as per traditional rituals.

                                                                                                                   Photo :Nepal Tour News

The chir is a ritual tuft of colourful cloths put on the top end of a wooden pole that is installed at Kathmandu Durbar Square.

The Fagu festival is based on a religious legend mentioned in the Hindu scriptures and it honours Prahlad, the son of a demon king Hiranyakashyapu and a devotee of Bishnu, the Hindu God of protection.

As per the legend, angry at his son Prahlad's deep devotion towards Bishnu, Hiranyakashyapu ordered his sister Holika to enter a huge fire holding Prahlad in her arms. Holika had a boon that she would not be destroyed by fire. When Holika entered the fire she was burnt to death while the young boy Prahlad escaped unscathed.

Fagu celebration in Kathmandu Durbar Square area                                                      Photo : Nepal Tour News

Tourists enjoying Festival of Colours                                                                                                   Photo : Nepal Tour News

                                                                                                             Photo : Nepal Tour News                                                                                   

The Holi Festival  was celebrated in the hilly areas including the Kathmandu Valley on the full moon day in the month of Fagun (March 5 this year) and in the Tarai region a day after on March 6, 2015.                                                                                                 

Thousands of young people went around different locations of Kathmandu valley in groups smearing colours and water among friends, relatives and family members.

Many tourists too marked the festival of colours in Thamel and Basantpurof the capital city.

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