Interesting facts about Holi – the Festival of Colours

Holi is a popular ancient Hindu festival celebrated usually in the month of March. This year Holi is celebrated on 18 March, 2022. Holi is also known as the "Festival of Love", the "Festival of Colours" and the "Festival of Spring". 

Different names of Holi

Holi is also known as Basanto Utsav (Spring festival) in West Bengal and Assam; Festival of Colours, or Dol Jatra in Assam, Dola jātra in Odisha; Phakuwa or Phagwah.

Holi in Braj

Holi is of particular significance in the Braj region, which includes locations traditionally associated with the Krishna: Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandgaon, Uttar Pradesh, and Barsana, which become touristic during the season of Holi.

Why Holi is celebrated?

There are two to three stories behind this. As per one mythology, Holi is celebrated as the triumph of good over evil, as it celebrates the victory of Lord Vishnu as Narasimha Narayana over Hiranyakashipu.

The festival also celebrates the eternal and divine love of Radha Krishna.

When Holi is celebrated?

Holi is celebrated on the arrival of spring and the end of winter. The festival also celebrates the beginning of a good spring harvest season. The festival starts on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon Day) falling in the Hindu calendar month of Phalguna, which falls around the middle of March in the Gregorian calendar. The first evening is known as Holika Dahan (burning of Demon Holika) or Chhoti Holi and the following day as Holi. 

Where Holi is celebrated?

It originated and is predominantly celebrated in the South Asia mainly India and Nepal, but has also spread to other regions of Asia and parts of the Western world through the Indian diaspora. In addition to India and Nepal, the festival is celebrated by Indian subcontinent diaspora in countries such as Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, South Africa, Mauritius, Fiji, Malaysia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In recent years, the festival has spread to parts of Europe and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic, and colours.


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