"Study at Bengaluru wishes you a Very Happy Holi Festival"

Holi, also known as the “Festival of Colors”, is predominantly a Hindu festival celebrated annually mostly in India and Nepal. However, with the course of time, the festival has spread its wings to other parts of the world, including England, USA, and Australia, among others. In 2020, Holi will be celebrated between 9th March and 10th March.

About Holi Festival

Holirepresents the triumph of good over evil, the advent of winter and the completion of winter. The festival is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a better harvest and lasts for a day and a night. The first evening is called Chhoti Holi or Holika Dahana. The subsequent day is called Rangawali Holi or Phagwa. Holi usually falls on the final moon of the Phalguna month.

 

Significance of Holika Dahan: The night before Holi

This vibrant festival marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. The celebrations start on the penultimate night before Holi starts with Holika Dahan. It’s a practice where people gather and perform rituals in front of a bonfire to ward off their internal evil. Woods and combustible materials are collected to prepare the pyre. An effigy of Holika is placed on top of the pyre.

 

Rangwali Holi

The day after Holika Dahan marks the beginning of Rangwali Holi. On this day, people enjoy to the fullest by smearing colours on one another—a gesture that symbolises unity. Teenagers and children use abir (coloured powder), pichkaris (water guns), and water balloons to apply colours on their friends. It’s probably the most common way of celebrating Holi across the world. Music is played in full throttle as people rejoice in the beats of “dholaks”.

Holi parties are organised in resorts and clubs with pool parties being the most common gathering spot for the revellers. People enjoy playing Holi in groups; hence huge open spaces are booked so that people in large numbers can enjoy the festival together.

 

The Feast

Serving delicacies, especially sweets, and drinking “thandai” are an integral part of the celebration. Gujiya and rasgullas are two of the most popular sweets that are prepared during this festival. Snacks like gol gappe or puchkas, dal kachori, kanji vada, chhole bhature, and papri chaat, are served in food stalls.

 

What happens after Holi ends?

After playing Holi, people clean themselves up, remove colours from their faces and bodies, and get decked up to visit friends’/relatives’ houses. The custom is to visit relatives’ houses and pay respect to the elders by touching their feet and seeking their blessings.

 

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