Holi – a glorious festival of colour
The festival of Holi became internationally famous for throwing of colour. It’s a glorious festival of colour, which is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month, which this year fell on 17th March.
Holi is part of the Hindu religious festival lasting up to 16 days, where the main day is celebrated by people throwing coloured powder and coloured water at each other.
It has come to symbolise communal harmony and love, the losing of one’s social identity for a brief time in a sea of colour. Traditionally on the day of Holi, people exchange gifts and sweets and anoint each other with colour to celebrate the joy of life. Gone are the times of anointing, it certain feels like colour is literally raining down on you!
There are many stalls where you can buy bags of colour and then it’s game on. If you dare to venture outside there’s no way you’re going to come home anything other than colourful!
It certainly brings back many happy memories when I was lucky enough to be in Nepal during Holi. Wow, what an experience! I was covered from head to toe in coloured powder, which was OK until they threw water on you, then it really sets in.
My hair was stained like a rainbow for months, reminding me of happy holi! I had so much fun that I completely forgot to take any photos. I hope these photos give you an idea of what it was like. Maybe one for your colour bucket list!
Wishing you a colourful day,
Originally published 21st March, 2011 | Updated 10th March 2023