3. Holi, The festival of colors, India
Holi is known as festival of colors celebrated by Hindus all over Asia and also by the people from some parts of Europe and North America. This Spring festival is mainly observed in India and Nepal. Holi is regarded as one of most important and vibrant festivals in India. This festival commemorate the victory of good over evil.
Holi also marks the arrival of Spring, a season of hope and enjoyment. The tradition of colors in holi festival linked with stories of Lord Krishna, who play parks on his beloved Radha by drenching her in colors and water. Holi celebrated on day after the full Moon in March of every year.
The celebrations of Holi festival start with burning of Holika, represent the death of evil. Everyone love to drench others with colored water and dry powder at the time of Holi. Colored water filled balloons and waters guns are also used by the people for ‘water fight’ during Holi festival. People also visit houses of theirs friends and relatives and share sweets and other food items.
Holi is a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal, also known as the «festival of colours» or the «festival of love». The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. It is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest. It lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Purnima falling in the Vikram Samvat Hindu Calendar month of Phalgun, which falls somewhere between the end of February and the middle of March in the Gregorian calendar. The first evening is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi and the following day as Holi, Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi, or Phagwah.
Holi 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. In recent years the festival has spread to parts of Europe and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic, and colours.