Reading Comprehension

This is a reading comprehension lesson to test your ability to understand information written in English. Read the information below and then answer the 5 test questions.
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HoliHoliday: Holi

Holi is a spring festival also known as festival of colors, and sometimes festival of love. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities.

It is primarily observed in India, Nepal, and other regions of the world with significant populations of minority Hindus or people of Indian origin. The festival has, in recent times, spread in parts of Europe and North Americas as a spring celebration of love, frolic and colors.

Holi celebrations start with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance. The next morning is free for all carnival of colors, where everyone plays, chases and colors each other with dry powder and colored water, with some carrying water guns and colored water-filled balloons for their water fight. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. The frolic and fight with colors occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People move and visit family, friends and foes, first play with colors on each other, laugh and chit chat, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks. In the evening, after sobering up, people dress up, visit friends and family. It is a national holiday in India.

Holi is celebrated at the approach of vernal equinox, on the Phalguna Purnima (Full Moon). The festival date varies every year, per the Hindu calendar, and typically comes in March, sometimes February in the Gregorian Calendar. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair ruptured relationships.

Source: Wikipedia: Holi
From YOUR Teacher: Holi

Whoa this really seems like a fun hippie type festival. If I ever get the chance to visit India, then I plan to go during this festival and go crazy.
Test: Reading Comprehension Holi

Read the holiday information above. In the test questions below choose which is the best answer for each question. There are 5 questions. Good luck.
1.  Holi is known as all but which of the following?

a.  spring festival
b.  festival of colors
c.  festival of harvest
d.  festival of love
2.  Holika is which of the following?

a.  bonfire
b.  song
c.  dance
d.  gathering
3.  The morning of Holi is which of the following?

a.  carnival of rides
b.  carnival of colors
c.  carnival celebration
d.  carnival of fun
4.  Holi is which type of holiday in India?

a.  minor holiday
b.  unknown holiday
c.  federal holiday
d.  national holiday
5.  Holi is celebrated at the approach of which of the following?

a.  vernal equinox
b.  autumnal equinox
c.  federal day
d.  new years day
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