Holi-The festival of colors

Sita Dahal

It is celebrated every year on the day after the full moon of the Hindu Phalguna moon, in early March. Holi, the festival of colors in India, celebrates the triumph of good over evil, the destruction of the demon Holika.

Holi is celebrated all over India and each region has different traditions. Currently, Holi is not only held in India but also in other states. Like Diwali, another Indian festival, South Asian communities living abroad often come together to celebrate Holi.

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Despite being a Hindu holiday, Holi is celebrated by Indians across the country and is a great equalizer. In some parts of India, Holi is also celebrated as a festival of spring to express gratitude for the bountiful harvest season.

Unlike most other holidays in India, there is no religious ceremony on the main day of Holi. Although there is a religious element to the Holika Dahan bonfire the night before, the day of the Festival of Colors usually does not include religious ceremonies. The festival begins with Holika Dahan on the night of the full moon (Purnima) in March every year and ends with the launch of flowers the following day.

It is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu calendar, the month of Falcon. The festival also means celebrations related to good harvests and the fertility of the land. This colorful festival also celebrates the eternal love of Radha and Krishna. Every spring, people in India and around the world celebrate the Hindu festival of Holi by throwing colored water and powder at each other, a joyous celebration.

Indian students smear colored powder at an event celebrating the Hindu festival of Holi in Kolkata 2018. Brightly colored powders are the cornerstone of the Holi festival, during which men, women, and children bring powders and liquid paints to throw and apply to surfaces, clothes, and faces of neighbors and relatives. On Holi, entire streets and cities turn red, green, and yellow as people throw colored powder into the air and sprinkle it on others.

That's because, for a few days in the spring, people crowd the streets and spray bright dyes on anyone who passes by. On Rangwali Holi Holi, celebrated with paint or Dhuleti, people fill the streets playing with colored powders and water pistols as they try to paint as many people as possible. In Delhi, on the morning of the festival day, people arrange a grand carnival; young and old, men and women take to the streets and smear colored powders and water, sing and dance, saying “Holi hai” (“This is Holi”). It's a day full of color flips, splashing water guns, and dancing in the streets.

The holiday officially opens in spring, and Holi is celebrated as the festival of love. It marks the beginning of spring after a long winter, a symbol of the victory of good over evil. Holi celebrates the arrival of spring, the end of winter, the blossoming of love, and for many, it's a day of celebration to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. It represents liberation from the darkness of winter and enjoyment of the liveliness of spring.

Originally, the festival was an agricultural festival dedicated to the arrival of spring. The symbolism of the colors is mixed with bright decorations, and it's easy to see why Holi is called the Festival of Colors. Holi is also known as the Festival of Colors or Basant Utsav, which means Spring Festival, as the main event is the colorful festival that marks the beginning of spring.

Holi celebrations abound in the United States, so if you're interested in joining the colorful festivities, nothing will stop you. There are also big Holi parties throughout Houston; in fact, Houston Holi boasts "the largest festival of color in the United States." Their festival includes dancing, Indian street food, concerts, and painting. Special Holi events with music, rain dances, and flowers are organized in the major cities of India, especially Delhi and Mumbai. Although the Hindu Flower Festival originated in South Asia, it has now gained popularity all over the world, with Holi events taking place in the US, UK, and other countries.

In addition to Nepal and India, Indian communities in Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States also celebrate Holi. Holi is mainly celebrated in the regions of India and Nepal but is celebrated by Hindus all over the world. Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival that is also popular among non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia and people in other communities outside Asia.

The Holi Cow Festival, known as the Holi Mu Festival, is a popular contemporary Holi celebration. It's a carnival of non-toxic colors, street food, India (spiced yogurt drink), dance, and music. Holi has been adapted and celebrated in many different ways, making it an exciting and unique experience no matter where you are. For the same reason, the first night of the festival takes place around the fire: it is the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness.

In some parts of northern Uttar Pradesh, the festivities last for a week. The festival is held a day earlier in West Bengal and Odisha and is celebrated on the same day as Holika Dahan as Dol Jatra or Dol Purnima. In Maharashtra, Holi Purnima is also known as Shimga and the holiday lasts five to seven days.

Traditional Holi celebrations take place in the Bridge (also known as Braj) district of Uttar Pradesh, about a three-hour drive from Delhi, where Lord Krishna is believed to have grown up. In general, the celebration of Holi in northern India, in the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, is more vibrant than in southern India, where the focus is on religion and temple rituals.

Indian Hindus scatter colored powder during Holi celebrations at the Sriji Barsana Temple in northern India's Uttar Pradesh state in 2018. Hindus play with flowers during Holi celebrations at the Banke Bihari Temple in 2013 in Vrindavan. India.

The following morning, Rangwali Holi (Dhuleti) is celebrated, a festival of colors open to all, in which people cover each other with paint and impregnate each other. This holiday brings colors to people's lives when they can take a break from the monotonous life and share the joy with loved ones.

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