This is another instalment of our festival bucket list series. This series discusses different festivals all over the world that should have a place on your bucket list. This instalment will talk about Holi and why it should be on your bucket list. You can catch our last instalment on the Coachella here.
Holi is also known as the Festival of Colours, the festival of spring or the festival of love. The festival is predominately celebrated in India and Nepal but has also spread to other areas of Asia and parts of the Western world. Holi signifies the arrival of spring, the end of winter, the blossoming of love, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. The festival usually lasts for about a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon day).
The main reason people celebrate this colourful festival is to bring in the new season which is Spring. It has a darker undertone, Hindus believe it is the one day of the year that the Gods look away. They believe it the one day of the year where they can rid themselves of their evil demons before starting anew. The colour signifies sins, and as it is being washed off at the end of the day, they believe you are reborn clean.
The ritual for the festival usually starts by lighting up the bonfire one day before the day of the festival. On the day of the festival, people play with colours with their friends and families. They spend the day smearing coloured powder all over each other’s faces. They throw coloured water at each other, host parties, and dance under water sprinklers. Special Holi events with music, rain dances, and colours are organized in large cities across India but small families also celebrate in their own way.
Why Attend the Holi Festival
This festival has some of the best parties ever, they range from street parties to private parties and they usually last the whole day.
This festival is rich with so much culture and history. By attending the festival you can learn about the true reasons why it is celebrated. You will learn about the history and value of every tradition used to celebrate this very colourful festival.
It is called the festival of colour, after all, by attending this festival you will get to enjoy and appreciate the colourful explosion that is this wonderful festival. This festival also photographs beautifully because of the vibrant colours involved.