This colorful festival of the Hindus, celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalguna, heralds the advent of spring.


Also known as the Festival of Colors, Holi traditionally takes place over two days in late February or early March on the full moon day of the month of Phalgun. Holi is a popular spring festival observed particularly in North India that includes a bonfire and the throwing of colored powders. On the first day there is a bonfire which represents the burning the demoness known as Holika. It is the triumph of good over evil. On the second day colored powders, red, blue, yellow, green, white, are exchanged between the participants along with hugs and smiles. In the west the two days are usually merged into one afternoon or evening. It is a joyous festival as you can see from the photo.



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