Holi is a colorful festival of India celebrated during spring season. The festival acts as an equalizer between different socioeconomic communities by eliminating differences, and bringing people closer to each other. Its believed that there used to be an evil ruler called Hiranyakaship. His pride and strength had overpowered himself so much that he started to believe that he was more powerful and worth worshipping even more than Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashipus own son, Prahlada, was a devotee of Vishnu. He ordered young Prahlada to sit on a pyre in the lap of Holika, Prahlada readily accepted his fathers order, and prayed to Lord Vishnu to keep him safe. When the fire started, Prahlada survived unharmed while everyone watched in amazement as Holika burnt to death. The salvation of Prahlada and burning of Holika is celebrated as Holi.
The plural ending -(e)s has three different pronunciations. After one of the 'sibilant' sounds /s/, Izl, ll, /3A /tj/ and /d3A -es is pronounced hzl.
buses/'bASiz/ crashes /'kraefiz/ watches/'wotjiz/
quizzes/' kwiziz/ garages/'gaera:3iz/ br/dges/'brid3iz/ After any other 'unvoiced' sound (/pA /f/, /0/, /t/ or /k/), -(ejs is pronounced /s/.
cups /kAps/ bafbs /ba:0s/ boo/cs/buks/
coughs /kofs/ plates /pleits/ After all other sounds (vowels and voiced consonants except Izl, l$l and /d3/), -(e)s is pronounced Izl.
daysldeizl knives /naivz/ hills /hilz/ dreams /dri:mz/
boys/boiz/ clothes /klaudz/ /egs/legz/ songs/st»r]z/
frees /tri:z/ ends/endz/ Exceptions:
house/haus/ houses /hauziz/ mouth /mau8/ mouths /maudz/ Third-person singular verbs (for example watches, wants, runs) and possessives (for example George's, Mark's, Joe's) follow the same pronunciation rules.