Holi is the festival of colors that brings joy and happiness in people’s life. It is one of the major festivals of Hindus.
Today, the festival has become popular with people of other communities around the world.
Here we’re going to look at some colorful facts about Holi.
- Holi gets its name from “Holika”, the sister of the demon king “Hiranyakashipu” in Hindu Mythology.
- The festival is celebrated at the end of winter, falling on the day of a full moon in the month of Phalgun, which marks the beginning of spring.
- The date usually falls in March, but sometimes at the end of February of the Gregorian calendar.
- The festival is a national holiday in India and Nepal, as well as regional holidays in other countries.
- A night before Holi, bonfires are lit in a ceremony known as Holika Dahan (burning of Holika). People gather, perform religious rituals around the bonfire, and pray to eradicate their evil.
- The second day of the festival, also known as Rangwali Holi. People throw the famed, colored powder and water on each other.
- The first evening is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi and the next morning as Holi, Rangwali Holi, Dhulandi, Dhuleti, or Phagwah.
- Apart from India and Nepal, the festival is even celebrated by the minority Hindus in Bangladesh and Pakistan. As well as in other countries with large Indian subcontinent diaspora populations such as Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Mauritius, and Fiji.
- The festival has also spread to parts of Europe and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic, and colors.
- In the Braj region of India, where Lord Krishna was born, Holi celebrations stretch for 16 days.
The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring and the end of winter.