Holi Festival - India
27th Mar, 2013
Most parts of India(Recommended: Jaipur, Rajasthan)
Holi is an annual holiday celebrated on the full moon in March, purportedly to say goodbye to winter and hello to warmer weather.
The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes at the end of February end or early March. The Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renews sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other 'Happy Holi'
Holi is all about colour, namely colour in the hair, colour on the face, colour on your clothes, colour all over the streets and colour just about anywhere else it'll stick. The colour itself takes the form of tika powder, either thrown au naturel or added to water and squeezed from a plastic bottle; it pays to wear grotty clothes on Holi (so I simply chose randomly from my collection of sun-bleached and laundry-battered garments) because if you play with tika powder, everyone's a winner bar the clothes.
Holi celebration begins with lighting up of bonfires on the Holi eve. Numerous legends & stories associated with Holi celebration makes the festival more exuberant and vivid. People rub 'gulal' and 'abeer' on each others' faces and cheer up saying, "bura na maano Holi hai". Holi also gives a wonderful chance to send blessings and love to dear ones wrapped in a special Holi gift.
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