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HOLI – The Festival of Colours

Holi is a popular Hindu festival originating from the Indian subcontinent. It is celebrated mainly in India and in Nepal. It has also spread over time from the Indian subcontinent to other areas of Asia and parts of the western world. Holi is popularly known as the Indian “Festival of Spring”, the “Festival of Colors” or the “Festival of Love”. The festival points to the arrival of spring, the end of winter, the blossoming of love. It’s a festive day to meet, dance and laugh, forget and forgive, and fix broken relationships. The festival also celebrates the beginning of a good spring harvest. It lasts one night and one day and begins on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon Day), which falls in the Vikram Samvat calendar, which is in the Gregorian calendar at the beginning / middle of March. The first evening is known as Holika Dahan (Burning Demon Holika) and the following day as Holi.