An ancient Hindu event mainly observed in India and Nepal, which is celebrating the arrival of spring, fertility, color, love, and symbolic of the triumph of good over evil.
Holi Festival is a Hindu celebration that is associated mostly with people throwing colourful powders on each other. Initially it is based on Indian mythology of good triumphing over evil and also considered a festival of love. It is in two parts – Holika Dahan and Rangwali Holi.
Celebration begins with Holika Dahan bonfire where wood and dung-cakes are burned in a symbolic pyre to signify good defeating evil (in Hindu Vedi scriptures, the God Vishnu helps burn the devil Holika to death).
The next morning, people gather in public spaces and take part in Rangwali Holi. This is a raucous affair where people chase each other around, throwing handfuls of coloured powders at one another, while getting drenched in water. This carnival of colours, is where everyone is fair game, and people’s faces and clothing are covered with multiple of colours and the sky becomes a spectacle of rainbow colours.
Groups with musical instruments move from place to place, singing, dancing and frolicking with families, friends and foes. The happy event conclude with a celebration of sharing and socialize with Holi delicacies, sweets, food and drinks.