Holi has been celebrated in the Indian subcontinent for millennia, with poetry describing festivities dating back to the 4th century CE. It represents the beginning of spring after a long winter, indicative of the victory of good over bad. It is observed in the month of March, which corresponds to the Hindu month of Phalguna. Holi will be celebrated on March 10th, 2020. Wide pyres are lit in many parts of India on the eve of the festival to symbolize the fire of evil spirits. Wood, dried grass, and twigs are often tossed onto bonfires.
On Holi, people chuck colored powder into the air and spray it on each other, making entire streets and towns red, green, and purple. Each color has a distinct sense. For example, red represents love and vitality, while green represents new beginnings. In addition, people spray water on each other as a form of celebration. Water arms are used to squirt water, and colorful water balloons are often thrown from rooftops. Families sit together later in the day for celebratory meals. It’s also customary to exchange candy with neighbors and relatives.
Fagu Purnima is the Nepali name for the Holi festival. On the day of the full moon in the Falgun (February-March) month of the Nepali calendar, Nepalese observe Holi. As a result, Fagu is named for the month of Falgun, and Purnima refers to a full moon. Fagu Purnima is a Hindu festival that celebrates the start of the Spring season. Colors, passion, laughter, and optimism are all present at the festival.
Holi is thought to have originated as a way to shield people from various diseases that occur as the seasons change from winter to spring. Holi shades were traditionally made from flower extracts and herbs such as Neem, Turmeric, Mehendi, Kumkum, and others. Ayurvedic medications used to be made from natural colors. The drug was used to treat high fevers and skin infections, and the color is actually beneficial to the skin.
Synthetic colors, on the other hand, are now used in the Holi festival, which is made with dyeing agents and other chemicals. Holi’s medicinal significance has been compromised due to the synesthetic colors. Men, on the other hand, love the Holi festival. The Holika Dahan is also celebrated by burning wooden logs in various town squares and villages to commemorate the triumph of good over bad. While Holi is best known for its vibrant colors and water sports, it is also an important part of the festival.
Holi is a two-day holiday celebrated in Nepal. On the first day of Holi, people in the hilly region observe the holiday, followed by people in the Terai region on the second day. People visit their friend’s and relatives’ houses on Holi Day to color each other, dance and drink for the whole day. People nowadays spray water at each other. Holi is a celebration of expression, and in Nepal, celebrating it is free and open to the public. If you walk down the lane, you can almost guarantee that people celebrating the Holi festival will douse you in colors and water. So, expect to be drenched and colored.
If you are an outsider visiting Nepal during the Holi season, we recommend participating in the festivities. It is a once-in-a-lifetime chance that will provide you with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. People attend this festival in a variety of locations, many of which are filled with fun and enthusiasm. Basantapur, Jhamsikhel, Thamel, Lainchaur, and other well-known locations are where people assemble to celebrate the Holi festival each year. You and your friends or family should get together and throw color and water. You can also play Holi with other people and attend Holi parties.
Thus, Holi is celebrated with every color and happiness in every family and society. May this color of Holi bring more joy and happiness as well as a colorful time in your life.
Happy Holi 2021.