Holi, also called the festival of colors, took place this week on March 17, 2014 and is a popular Hindu spring festival. On the first day, the burning of Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, is produced in huge bonfires at night. It is called Kama dahanamen Ahra Pradesh. On the second day, known as Dhulhendi, people spend the day throwing colored powder and water at each other. The spring, during which time changes, is believed to cause viral fever and cold. So, throwing colored powders has a medicinal significance: the colors are traditionally made of Neem, Kumkum, Haldi, Vilwamangalam, and other medicinal herbs prescribed by doctors at Āyurvedic. They prepare a special drink called thandai. Rangapanchami occurs a few days later on a Panchami (fifth day of the full moon), marking the end of the festivities wrapped in colors. Holi takes place over two days at the end of February or March. According to the Hindu calendar, it falls on the Phalgun Purnima (or Pooranmashi, full moon). On the first day, the symbolic burning of evil takes place, while the fun of playing with colors takes place on the second day.