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Everything you need to know about Holi

Millions of people worldwide will welcome the Festival of Colors, also known as Holi, to their lives. Are you excited to celebrate spring in the Northern part of India? 

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Holi is a significant festival for many people all over the globe, particularly in Southeast Asia. Many believe that Holi marks the beginning of the new year and gives people an opportunity to express their feelings, renew relationships, and forget old grudges.

Antiquity of Holi- Festival Of Colours

Holi is deeply rooted within Hindu mythology. One of the most well-known stories is about Holika, the aunt of Prahlada, who was a devotee of the Hindu god Vishnu. Prahlada was the father of Hiranyakashipu and Holika's brother. He ordered his son to stop worshipping Vishnu, but Prahlada refused. Holika and Hiranyakashipu devised a plan to murder Prahlada because of their devotion to Vishnu. 

The story is a bit different from each other, but one version states that Holika tried to drag Prahlada onto her lap and into a bonfire, believing the flames would not burn her because she was wearing a protective scarf. 

Prahlada was able to escape the fire thanks to his devotion to Vishnu. Holika, however, died in the flames after her shawl fell from her. The lighting of bonfires marks the night before Holi at sunset to symbolize Holika's victory over evil and the triumph of good over bad.


When is the Holi Festival?

Holi Festival is observed on the last full moon day in the lunar month (Phalguna), usually around March. Each year, the exact date of Holi can vary.

What is the Holi Festival like?

The Holi Festival is wild. Think big crowds, colorful dye, water guns, and music. People dance on the streets, throwing colored dye at each other during the Holi Festival. Holi Festival is a time of joy when people get together and let go of their inhibitions.

What is Holi celebrated in India?

Holi is a festival that welcomes spring. Spring is a celebration of renewal, new beginnings, and all that is bright, sunny, and full of promise. Holi has the same mythical stories that Indian festivals have. The festival is also known as the festival that celebrates colors, and it refers to Holika's legend. Every year, the date of this festival changes according to the Hindu calendar. This festival was once only celebrated in India or Nepal, and it is now celebrated in North America and Europe, with a large Indian population.


Each state in India has its way of celebrating Holi. On the night before Holi, the Holika bonfire is lit. People gather around the bonfire to sing, dance, and pray for their loved ones. It is the same process all over. People are allowed to have fun with colors the next day of Holi, which begins in the early morning. 


Participants chase each other and color them with dry powder and colored water. Some even have water guns and water-filled balloons to fight for their water. Songs and dancing punctuate the celebration in a joyful and colorful atmosphere.

Friends and family meet up to share Holi treats, i.e., food and beverages. Bhang can be mixed with sweets or drinks to make a delicious and enjoyable day. Bhang is made by combining the flowers and leaves of the female cannabis plants. This beverage has been enjoyed since ancient times. Everyone returns to their daily chores after the celebration has ended.

What is Holi known for?

Holi, a Hindu festival, has been celebrated since ancient times. Holi is a Hindu festival that welcomes spring, and it is also when people can let go of all inhibitions and begin afresh. 


The Holi Festival is believed to be when the gods are oblivious and one of the few occasions that highly religious Hindus can let their hair down. 

They are open to each other and share their culture. A bonfire is lit on the first day to symbolize the burning of all bad things and the beginning of a bright and colorful future.

Participants at the Holi Festival throw powder dye into the air to cover everyone with bright colors. The colors have multiple meanings in a religious context, and they can be used to signify a new life or sin. Some people believe that washing away the dye at night can signify a new commitment to living well and cleansing oneself from evils and demons.

Holi Fun Facts

This festival is celebrated primarily in India and Nepal. It involves large crowds of people eagerly getting into bright colors and swimming in water. You might have wondered about the meaning behind the annual uprising of color or where it comes from.

  • It is a celebration that good triumphs over evil. This lively festival celebrates the start of spring after a long winter.
  • It begins with bonfires. In India, the festival symbolizes Holika's death by lighting bonfires.
  • The colors represent equality. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, celebrates spring's vibrant colors. The bright colors and color waters of Holi symbolize flames. However, there is a deeper meaning to why people use pigmented gulal paste and abir powder to cover their faces.
  • Food is an integral part of the celebrations in India. A party is incomplete without delicious food, and Holi is all about sweet treats.
  • Get a glass of a stimulating drink. Bhang refers to a traditional Indian intoxicating drink that is often drunk during Holi, and it can be mixed with creamy lassi (or the thandai above).
  • Nepal has its Holi traditions on a festival of color and joy. Holi in Nepal begins with erecting a bamboo pole, called a "chir", in Kathmandu's capital.
  • This festival of color is celebrated around the globe. The biggest celebrations are held in India and Nepal. However, thousands of people all over the globe gather every year to celebrate the festival. Some for religious reasons while others for fun.

Ending Glance

Millions of people worldwide will welcome the Festival of Colors, also known as Holi, to their lives. People dance on the streets, throwing colored dye at each other during the Holi Festival. 

Holi is a Hindu festival that welcomes spring, and it is also when people can let go of all inhibitions and begin afresh. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, celebrates spring's vibrant colors. This festival of color is celebrated around the globe.