Thu June 29, 2017

Holi


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People celebrating with colors in Mountains

This year Holi is celebrated/ observed on Friday March 2nd, 2018. Holi, also called the festival of sharing and love or the festival of colors is a Hindu two day festival in the Spring. The festival falls in the months of February and March each year with the first day of the festival called Chhoti Holi or Holika Dahan and the second day called Dhuleti or Rangwali Holi.

Celebration\ Observance

People will celebrate the days by throwing powdered colors as well as spraying color on one another, dancing, singing and enjoying food . The night before the festival many will attend a large bonfire called Holika bonfire and pray and wish for evil to be destroyed. Much of the celebrations take place outdoors in the parks, streets, temples and large open spaces in the cities.

History

Holi can find it origins as far back as the 4th century India with the rule of Chandragupta II by the poet Kalidasa in the Puranas. It is also mentioned in the 7th century and later in the 17th century in Oxford English Dictionary.