Holi is the spring festival of colours, or the festival of love. It is a very ancient festival in the Hindu religion, and has spread to become popular to non-Hindus in all different parts of South Asia, as well as those who live outside of South Asia. The greatest celebrations are held in India, Nepal, but many other countries with large populations of Hindus celebrate it together.
The celebration starts with a Holika bonfire, that is, a great pyre meant to burn Holika, the devil. Holi celebrates the death of Holika to save Prahlad, and so the world Holi, got its name. Traditionally, many people would throw their own log into the fire, sing and dance.
On the next morning, it is a free-for-all in a great carnival of colours! Elders, young and old chase each other, throwing dry powder and coloured water. Some people even carry water guns and water balloons to splash in people’s faces. The great part about this celebration is that anyone can be a part of it, strangers and rich, old and young. In the evening, people sober up and visit friends and family.
The celebration somewhat resembles something you could find in a colour run, a marathon that does the same thing (throws coloured powder at you as you run a marathon). But behind all the joy and laughter, it has huge significance to those who celebrate it and those who believe. It is a delightful celebration, something that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.