Who can tell me more about the Hindu festival of Holi?

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I was wondering if anyone out there can enlighten me on the significance of the Hindu festival of Holi?

From what I’ve read it seems to be celebrating (a) Krishna’s play with the cow-herding girls, (b) the slaying of the demoness Holika by Prahlad, a devotee of Vishnu, and (c) the arrival of spring. Is it a case that different sects see it in different ways or is it all mixed in together?

It strikes me that there may be some correspondance to the Easter tradition in the west, which is likewise a celebration of spring and the victory of good over evil. Just with brightly coloured eggs instead of brightly coloured powder. Is that plausible?

Deepavali in Australia

Apparently its Deepavali today. I have had my head buried in my computer, completing my counselling assignment on child sexual abuse, only coming up for air for some occasional blogging. But this evening our neighbours came and gave us some Indian sweets and other indescribable food that tasted nice and spicy and sweet. Food offer to idols? Not sure, probably, but I gave thanks to God for it and for them. I wonder how many experience “food offered to idols” as a live issue? Actually, I think most Christians do, but maybe not so explicitly.