Holi Festival of Love

by Joelle

s_h01_79076081 s_h02_53181213 s_h03_RTR3HDSG s_h04_73771638 s_h05_RTR3HDZV s_h06_RTR3H9R9 s_h07_65634055 s_h08_RTR3HF92 s_h09_RTR3GW42 s_h10_RTR3H9BK s_h11_29104601 s_h12_79076089 s_h13_RTR3HDG5 s_h14_RTR3H3OR s_h15_RTR3H9Q3 s_h16_RTR3H9BX s_h17_RTR3H9R3 s_h18_RTR3HECF s_h19_77489564 s_h20_RTR3H3O7 s_h21_RTR3HDPZ s_h22_RTR3H9Q0 s_h23_RTR3HEXN s_h24_77238560Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colours and the festival of love. It 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.[5]

It is primarily observed in India, Nepal, and other regions of the world with significant populations of Hindus or people of Indian origin. The festival has, in recent times, spread in parts of Europe and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic and colours.

Holi celebrations start with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance. The next morning is a free-for-all carnival of colors, where everyone plays, chases and colours each other with dry powder and coloured water, with some carrying water guns and coloured water-filled balloons for their water fight. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. The frolic and fight with colours occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People move and visit family, friends and foes, first play with colours on each other, laugh and chit-chat, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks. In the evening, after sobering up, people dress up, visit friends and family.

Holi is celebrated at the approach of vernal equinox, on the Phalguna Purnima (Full Moon). The festival date varies every year, per the Hindu calendar, and typically comes in March, sometimes February in the Gregorian Calendar. 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 ruptured relationships.

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