The significance of Burning the Holika

The burning of Holika (the bonfire that is burned on the night before Holi) has an effect on the coming monsoon.


There is a story of Prahlad (from where the festival of Holi originated). Prahlad was a young boy who was very devoted to God, but his father was an atheist and very cruel to the people in his kingdom including his own son. As Prahlad refused to preach his father, he decided to teach his son a lesson he was hurt that the boy was preaching the name of God. 

He tried many ways to change his son, but the boy didn’t change. When he couldn’t change him, he wanted to kill him. So he approached one of his sisters. She had a boon that whoever she took on her lap, that person would get burned alive. Her name was Holika. As the story goes, she took Prahlad on her lap to burn him, but instead, she got burned alive and Prahlad came out safe because he was chanting God’s name and was devoted to God, and that protected him from the fire.

Nursery and reception have been incredibly busy learning all about this festival. We had a go at making our own bonfires using twigs, sticks and tissue paper. We worked hard to talk about our ideas, work with our team and share resources to create the bonfire.

Reception had a go at re-telling the story of Prahlad by sequencing the pictures than writing extended sentences using adjectives and conjunctions. Some of us even included speech marks!

Nursery decided to explore the conditions needed to see colour change. The children had lots of fun!