Holi is a festival of colours celebrated by the people throughout India. We celebrate Holi as a festival of love and happiness, shedding animosity, greed, hatred and adapting to a new life of love and togetherness. It’s time to cherish your life by splashing the happy colours to each other’s hearts.
Holi is the festival which spreads love, brotherhood, harmony and happiness and symbolizes the victory of good over evil. It is the festival during which people forget their rivalry and hug their enemies forgetting all the hatreds and negativity.
Holi is celebrated in the spring season, in the Hindu calendar month of Phalgun, which usually coincides with the Gregorian calendar month of March, or sometimes even late February. It is a two days festival commencing on a full moon night with Holika Dahan.
Main Holi festival is celebrated the next day of Holika Dahan. It also coincides with the harvest of wheat and is symbolic of prosperity and happiness. Spring marks the end of winter and is preceded by summer. Therefore, the climate of spring is particularly pleasing, when flowers abound. Thus, Holi is celebrated as the festival of colours, to commemorate nature’s spring beauty and also the good harvest.
Holi is a two-day festival, which begins the night before the main festival with Choti (small) Holi when large pyre is burned on streets as a symbol of Holika Dahan (burning of the demoness Holika) symbolic to the victory of good over evil. The next day people play with colours and in the evening visit each other exchanging greetings and sweets. The custom of visiting friends and relatives continues for over a week.