Duolingo Daily Topic: Speaking Task (Discuss a cultural custom or tradition from your country)

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Duolingo Daily Topic: Speaking Task (Discuss a cultural custom or tradition from your country)

Q. Discuss a cultural custom or tradition from your country. What is its significance and how is it celebrated?

Ans. Holi, often referred to as the “Festival of Colors”, is a vibrant and joyous cultural tradition that is celebrated predominantly in India. It signifies the arrival of spring, the end of winter for many, and is a day to meet, play and laugh with your loved ones.


This festival has roots in ancient Indian rituals as it commemorates the victory of good over evil, and it celebrates the win of Lord Vishnu as Narasimha over a brutal king Hirayanyakashyap. The festival lasts for a night and a day, starting from the Purnima (Full moon day) falling in the Vikram Samvat Hindu Calendar. The first evening is known as “Holika Dahan” or “Chhoti Holi”. People gather around a bonfire to pray, sing and dance.  The next morning is celebrated as “Rangavli Holi”- a free-for-all carnival of colours. Where people play, chase and colour each other with the help of coloured dry powder and water. This colour fight occurs in open spaces such as open streets, parks and sometimes even in homes.  Holi gives people a wonderful chance to send their blessing to near and dear ones in the form of a special Holi gift. Traditional delicacies, sweets and drinks are prepared and shared among all of the people.

In essence, Holi is the celebration of life and its various colours. It brings people together, irrespective of their age, gender, or social status. It is proof of India’s rich cultural diversity and spirit of unity in diversity. 

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