“Festival Of Spring” “Festival Of Colors” “Festival Of Love”
Holi known widely as the Festival of Colors. 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 outside Asia. It is a celebration of fertility, color, and love, as well as the triumph of good versus evil.
In addition to India and Nepal, the festival is celebrated by all around the world and has spread to parts of Europe and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic, and colors.
Holi is celebrated for over two days. The celebrations start on the night before Holi with a Holika Dahan where people gather, perform religious rituals in front of the bonfire, and pray that their internal evil be destroyed the way Holika, the sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu, was killed in the fire. The next morning is celebrated as Rangwali Holi – a free-for-all festival of colors, where people smear each other with colors and drench each other.
Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. People visit family, friends and foes to throw colored powders on each other, laugh and gossip, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks. Some customary drinks include bhang (made from cannabis), which is intoxicating. In the evening, after sobering up, people dress up and visit friends and family.
Have A Happy, Colorful and Safe Holi.