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Home > India Fair & Festival Tours > Holi – Festival of Colours
Holi – Festival of Colours

Date - 06 March, 2015
Highlights - Playing with coloured powder and water, music and dance performances, religious proceedings at the bedecked temples and delicious sweets and drinks

India is synonymous with colours and Holi is the annual festival of colours since ancient times. The story behind Holi is the display of good over evil and the welcoming the spring or the harvest season after the cold winters. This festival is steeped in mythology with one part being of the burning of the demon-Holika as a sign of good winning over evil by the endless devotion shown by little boy Prahlad towards Lord Vishnu. The fun, frolic and the other modern day celebrations can trace their origin to Lord Krishna who made this festival such a colourful one.

While, this festival has grown popular across the country, it is still the Northern and Western regions that celebrate it in its true essence. The festival involves putting bright dry colours and water based colours on each other, while getting together in fun and frolic. The night before the main day, people perform the religious ceremony by making a bonfire and making offerings. This is a day to let loose and many indulge in a drink called “bhang” made from cannabis leaves.

Some of the places, one can go for a fun-filled experience is as given below:

Mathura and Vrindavan

These holy places start celebrating about 40 days before the main day and it is considered the birth place of this festival as we know it today. One can spend time playing it the way Lord Krishna used to celebrate this festival.

New Delhi
If you want a blend of modern and traditional, then this city has many options for you. Holi parties are everywhere with rain dance, DJs playing international and local movie songs. You can also attend the popular Holi cow festival held at the outskirts of the city.

Shantiniketan, West Bengal
Started by the eminent poet and Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, this is all about culture. Students of the Vishwa Bharati University dress up in the bright colours of spring and perform a large cultural program for visitors, with dances set to the poet’s famous works.