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HOLI ( /ˈhoʊliː/ ; Sanskrit : होली Holī) is a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India
India
and Nepal
Nepal
, also known as the "festival of colours" or the "festival of love". The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. It is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest. It lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon day) falling in the Vikram Samvat Hindu
Hindu
Calendar month of Phalgun , which falls somewhere between the end of February and the middle of March in the Gregorian calendar
Gregorian calendar
. The first evening is known as HOLIKA DAHAN or CHHOTI HOLI and the following day as Holi, RANGWALI HOLI, DHULETI, DHULANDI, or PHAGWAH.

Holi
Holi
is an ancient Hindu
Hindu
religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia. In recent years the festival has spread to parts of Europe and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic, and colours.

Holi
Holi
celebrations start on the night before Holi
Holi
with a Holika Dahan where people gather, perform religious rituals in front of the bonfire, and pray that their internal evil be destroyed the way Holika , the sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu
Hiranyakashipu
, was killed in the fire. The next morning is celebrated as Rangwali Holi
Holi
– a free-for-all festival of colours, where people smear each other with colours and drench each other. Water guns and water-filled balloons are also used to play and colour each other. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. The frolic and fight with colours occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and other musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People visit family, friends and foes to throw coloured powders on each other, laugh and gossip, then share Holi
Holi
delicacies, food and drinks. Some customary drinks include bhang (marijuana ), which is intoxicating. In the evening, after sobering up, people dress up and visit friends and family.

CONTENTS

* 1 Significance

* 1.1 Vishnu
Vishnu
legend * 1.2 Krishna
Krishna
legend * 1.3 Other Hindu
Hindu
traditions * 1.4 Cultural significance * 1.5 Other Indian religions

* 2 Description * 3 History and rituals

* 4 Regional names, rituals and celebrations

* 4.1 India
India

* 4.1.1 Gujarat
Gujarat
* 4.1.2 Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh
* 4.1.3 Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand
* 4.1.4 Bihar
Bihar
* 4.1.5 West Bengal
West Bengal
* 4.1.6 Odisha
Odisha
* 4.1.7 Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh
* 4.1.8 Assam
Assam
* 4.1.9 Goa
Goa
* 4.1.10 Maharashtra
Maharashtra
* 4.1.11 Manipur * 4.1.12 Kerala * 4.1.13 Karnataka
Karnataka
* 4.1.14 Telangana
Telangana
* 4.1.15 Tamil Nadu * 4.1.16 Jammu & Kashmir
Jammu & Kashmir
* 4.1.17 Punjab "> Holika bonfire in front of Jagdish Temple in Udaipur
Udaipur
, Rajasthan
Rajasthan
, 2010

VISHNU LEGEND

There is a symbolic legend to explain why Holi
Holi
is celebrated as a festival of colours in the honour of Hindu
Hindu
god Vishnu
Vishnu
and his follower Prahlada . King Hiranyakashipu, according to a legend found in chapter 7 of Bhagavata Purana
Bhagavata Purana
, was the king of demonic Asuras , and had earned a boon that gave him five special powers: he could be killed by neither a human being nor an animal, neither indoors nor outdoors, neither at day nor at night, neither by astra (projectile weapons) nor by any shastra (handheld weapons), and neither on land nor in water or air. Hiranyakashipu
Hiranyakashipu
grew arrogant, thought he was God, and demanded that everyone worship only him.

Hiranyakashipu's own son, Prahlada , however, disagreed. He was and remained devoted to Vishnu. This infuriated Hiranyakashipu. He subjected Prahlada to cruel punishments, none of which affected the boy or his resolve to do what he thought was right. Finally, Holika, Prahlada's evil aunt, tricked him into sitting on a pyre with her. Holika was wearing a cloak that made her immune to injury from fire, while Prahlada was not. As the fire roared, the cloak flew from Holika and encased Prahlada, who survived while Holika burned. Vishnu, the god who appears as an avatar to restore Dharma
Dharma
in Hindu
Hindu
beliefs, took the form of Narasimha - half human and half lion, at dusk (when it was neither day nor night), took Hiranyakashyapu at a doorstep (which was neither indoors nor outdoors), placed him on his lap (which was neither land, water nor air), and then eviscerated and killed the king with his lion claws (which were neither a handheld weapon nor a launched weapon).

The Holika bonfire and Holi
Holi
signifies the celebration of the symbolic victory of good over evil, of Prahlada over Hiranyakashipu, and of the fire that burned Holika.

KRISHNA LEGEND

In the Braj
Braj
region of India, where the Hindu
Hindu
deity Krishna
Krishna
grew up, the festival is celebrated until Rangpanchmi in commemoration of the divine love of Radha
Radha
for Krishna. The festivities officially usher in spring, with Holi
Holi
celebrated as a festival of love. There is a symbolic myth behind commemorating Krishna
Krishna
as well. As a baby, Krishna developed his characteristic dark blue skin colour because the she-demon Putana poisoned him with her breast milk. In his youth, Krishna
Krishna
despaired whether the fair-skinned Radha
Radha
and other girls would like him because of his skin colour. His mother, tired of the desperation, asks him to approach Radha
Radha
and colour her face in any colour he wanted. This he does, and Radha
Radha
and Krishna
Krishna
became a couple. Ever since, the playful colouring of Radha's face has been commemorated as Holi. Beyond India, these legends to explain the significance of Holi
Holi
(Phagwah) are common in some Caribbean and South American communities of Indian origin such as Guyana
Guyana
and Trinidad and Tobago . It is also celebrated with great fervour in Mauritius.

OTHER HINDU TRADITIONS

Among other Hindu
Hindu
traditions such as Shaivism
Shaivism
and Shaktism , the legendary significance of Holi
Holi
is linked to Shiva
Shiva
in yoga and deep meditation, goddess Parvati
Parvati
wanting to bring back Shiva
Shiva
into the world, seeks help from the Hindu
Hindu
god of love called Kama
Kama
on Vasant Panchami . The love god shoots arrows at Shiva, the yogi opens his third eye and burns Kama
Kama
to ashes. This upsets both Kama's wife Rati (Kamadevi) and his own wife Parvati. Rati performs her own meditative asceticism for forty days, upon which Shiva
Shiva
understands, forgives out of compassion and restores the god of love. This return of the god of love, is celebrated on the 40th day after Vasant Panchami
Vasant Panchami
festival as Holi. The Kama
Kama
legend and its significance to Holi
Holi
has many variant forms, particularly in South India.

CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE

The Holi
Holi
festival has a cultural significance among various Hindu traditions of the Indian subcontinent. It is the festive day to end and rid oneself of past errors, to end conflicts by meeting others, a day to forget and forgive. People pay or forgive debts, as well as deal anew with those in their lives. Holi
Holi
also marks the start of spring, for many the start of the new year, an occasion for people to enjoy the changing seasons and make new friends.

OTHER INDIAN RELIGIONS

The festival has traditionally been also observed by non-Hindus, such as by Jains and Newar Buddhists ( Nepal
Nepal
).

Sikhs have traditionally celebrated the festival, at least through the 19th century, with its historic texts referring to it as Hola. Guru Gobind Singh
Guru Gobind Singh
– the last human guru of the Sikhs – modified Holi
Holi
with a three-day Hola Mohalla extension festival of martial arts. The extension started the day after the Holi
Holi
festival in Anandpur Sahib , where Sikh soldiers would train in mock battles, compete in horsemanship, athletics, archery and military exercises.

Holi
Holi
was observed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh
Ranjit Singh
and his Sikh Empire that extended across what are now northern parts of India
India
and Pakistan. According to a report by Tribune India, Sikh court records state that 300 mounds of colours were used in 1837 by Ranjit Singh
Ranjit Singh
and his officials in Lahore
Lahore
. Ranjit Singh
Ranjit Singh
would celebrate Holi
Holi
with others in the Bilawal gardens, where decorative tents were set up. In 1837, Sir Henry Fane who was the commander-in-chief of the British Indian army joined the Holi
Holi
celebrations organised by Ranjit Singh. A mural in the Lahore
Lahore
Fort was sponsored by Ranjit Singh
Ranjit Singh
and it showed the Hindu
Hindu
god Krishna
Krishna
playing Holi
Holi
with gopis. After the death of Ranjit Singh, his Sikh sons and others continued to play Holi
Holi
every year with colours and lavish festivities. The colonial British officials joined these celebrations.

DESCRIPTION

Radha
Radha
and the Gopis celebrating Holi, with accompaniment of music instruments

Holi
Holi
is an important spring festival for Hindus, a national holiday in India, a regional holiday in Nepal
Nepal
and other countries. To many Hindus and some non-Hindus, it is a playful cultural event and an excuse to throw coloured water at friends or strangers in jest. It is therefore observed broadly in the Indian subcontinent
Indian subcontinent
. Holi
Holi
is celebrated at the end of winter, on the last full moon day of the Hindu
Hindu
luni-solar calendar month marking the spring, making the date vary with the lunar cycle. The date falls typically in March, but sometimes late February of the Gregorian calendar. Holi
Holi
snacks and drinks, post play with colours. Left: salty snacks, Middle: Gujia (a stuffed energy wrap), Right: Thandai
Thandai
(almonds-based chilled drink) to which sometimes intoxicating "bhang" is added.

The festival has many purposes; most prominently, it celebrates the beginning of Spring. In 17th century literature, it was identified as a festival that celebrated agriculture, commemorated good spring harvests and the fertile land. Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring's abundant colours and saying farewell to winter. To many Hindus, Holi
Holi
festivities mark the beginning of the new year as well as an occasion to reset and renew ruptured relationships, end conflicts and rid themselves of accumulated emotional impurities from the past.

It also has a religious purpose, symbolically signified by the legend of Holika. The night before Holi, bonfires are lit in a ceremony known as Holika Dahan
Holika Dahan
(burning of Holika ) or Little Holi. People gather near fires, sing and dance. The next day, Holi, also known as Dhuli in Sanskrit, or Dhulheti, Dhulandi or Dhulendi, is celebrated. Children and youth spray coloured powder solutions (gulal) at each other, laugh and celebrate, while adults smear dry coloured powder (abir) on each other's faces. Visitors to homes are first teased with colours, then served with Holi
Holi
delicacies (such as puranpoli, dahi-bada and gujia), desserts and drinks. After playing with colours, and cleaning up, people bathe, put on clean clothes, and visit friends and family.

Like Holika Dahan, Kama
Kama
Dahanam is celebrated in some parts of India . The festival of colours in these parts is called Rangapanchami, and occurs on the fifth day after Poornima (full moon).

HISTORY AND RITUALS

Holi
Holi
is an ancient Hindu
Hindu
festival with its cultural rituals. It is mentioned in the Puranas
Puranas
, Dasakumara Charita, and by the poet Kālidāsa
Kālidāsa
during the 4th century reign of Chandragupta II. The celebration of Holi
Holi
is also mentioned in the 7th-century Sanskrit drama Ratnavali . The festival of Holi
Holi
caught the fascination of European traders and British colonial staff by the 17th century. Various old editions of Oxford English Dictionary mention it, but with varying, phonetically derived spellings: Houly (1687), Hooly (1698), Huli (1789), Hohlee (1809), Hoolee (1825), and Holi
Holi
in editions published after 1910.

There are several cultural rituals associated with Holi: Prepare Holika pyre for bonfire

Main article: Holika Dahan
Holika Dahan
Shops start selling colours for Holi in the days and weeks beforehand.

Days before the festival people start gathering wood and combustible materials for the bonfire in parks, community centers, near temples and other open spaces. On top of the pyre is an effigy to signify Holika who tricked Prahalad into the fire. Inside homes, people stock up on pigments, food, party drinks and festive seasonal foods such as gujiya , mathri , malpuas and other regional delicacies. Holika dahan

On the eve of Holi, typically at or after sunset, the pyre is lit, signifying Holika Dahan. The ritual symbolises the victory of good over evil. People gather around the fire to sing and dance. Play with colours

Holi
Holi
frolic and celebrations begin the morning after the Holika bonfire. There is no tradition of holding puja (prayer), and the day is for partying and pure enjoyment. Children and young people form groups armed with dry colours, coloured solution and water guns (pichkaris), water balloons filled with coloured water, and other creative means to colour their targets. In the Braj
Braj
region of North India, women have the option to playfully hit men who save themselves with shields; for the day, men are culturally expected to accept whatever women dish out to them. This ritual is called Lath Mar Holi
Holi
.

Traditionally, washable natural plant-derived colours such as turmeric , neem , dhak , and kumkum were used, but water-based commercial pigments are increasingly used. All colours are used. Everyone in open areas such as streets and parks is game, but inside homes or at doorways only dry powder is used to smear each other's face. People throw colours and get their targets completely coloured up. It is like a water fight , but with coloured water. People take delight in spraying coloured water on each other. By late morning, everyone looks like a canvas of colours. This is why Holi
Holi
is given the name " Festival
Festival
of Colours".

Groups sing and dance, some playing drums and dholak . After each stop of fun and play with colours, people offer gujiya , mathri , malpuas and other traditional delicacies. Cold drinks, including adult drinks based on local intoxicating herbs, are also part of the Holi
Holi
festivity. Other variations Friends form groups on Holi, play drums and music, sing and dance, as they move from one stop to another.

In the Braj
Braj
region around Mathura
Mathura
, in north India, the festivities may last more than a week. The rituals go beyond playing with colours, and include a day where men go around with shields and women have the right to playfully beat them on their shields with sticks.

In south India, some worship and make offerings to Kaamadeva, the love god of Indian mythology. The after party

After a day of play with colours, people clean up, wash and bathe, sober up and dress up in the evening and greet friends and relatives by visiting them and exchanging sweets. Holi
Holi
is also a festival of forgiveness and new starts, which ritually aims to generate harmony in the society.

REGIONAL NAMES, RITUALS AND CELEBRATIONS

Holi
Holi
(Hindi : होली, Nepali : होली, Punjabi : ਹੋਲੀ, Kannada : ಹೋಳಿ) is also known as PHAKUWA or PHAGWAH (Assamese : ফাকুৱা), FESTIVAL OF COLOURS, or DOLA JāTRA in Odisha
Odisha
, and as DOL JATRA (Assamese : দ’ল যাত্ৰা) or BASANTO UTSAV ("spring festival") in West Bengal and Assam
Assam
. The customs and celebrations vary between regions of India. Basanto Utsav at Jorasanko Thakurbari.

Holi
Holi
is of particular significance in the Braj
Braj
region, which includes locations traditionally associated with the Lord Krishna
Krishna
: Mathura
Mathura
, Vrindavan
Vrindavan
, Nandgaon, Uttar Pradesh , and Barsana , which become touristic during the season of Holi.

Outside India, Holi
Holi
is observed by the minority Hindus in Bangladesh and Pakistan
Pakistan
as well in countries with large Indian subcontinent diaspora populations such as Suriname
Suriname
, Guyana
Guyana
, Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago
, South Africa
South Africa
, Malaysia
Malaysia
, the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
, the United States
United States
, Canada
Canada
, Mauritius
Mauritius
, and Fiji
Fiji
. The Holi
Holi
rituals and customs outside South Asia also vary with local adaptations.

INDIA

Gujarat

"Celebration of Spring by Krishna
Krishna
and Radha", 18th-century miniature ; in the Guimet Museum
Guimet Museum
, Paris
Paris

In Gujarat
Gujarat
, Holi
Holi
is a two-day festival. On the evening of the first day people light the bonfire. People offer raw coconut and corn to the fire. The second day is the festival of colour or "Dhuleti", celebrated by sprinkling coloured water and applying colours to each other. Dwarka
Dwarka
, a coastal city of Gujarat, celebrates Holi
Holi
at the Dwarkadheesh temple and with citywide comedy and music festivities.

The Holi
Holi
celebration has its celebrative origins in Gujarat, particularly with dance, food, music, and coloured powder to offer a spring parallel of Navratri, Gujarat's Hindu
Hindu
festival celebrated in the fall. Falling in the Hindu
Hindu
month of Phalguna, Holi
Holi
marks the agricultural season of the rabi crop .

In Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad
in Gujarat
Gujarat
, in western India, a pot of buttermilk is hung high over the streets and young boys try to reach it and break it by making human pyramids. The girls try to stop them by throwing coloured water on them to commemorate the pranks of Krishna
Krishna
and the cowherd boys to steal butter and "gopis " while trying to stop the girls. The boy who finally manages to break the pot is crowned the Holi
Holi
King. Afterwards, the men, who are now very colourful, go out in a large procession to "alert" people of Krishna's possible appearance to steal butter from their homes.

In some places there is a custom in undivided Hindu
Hindu
families that the woman beats her brother-in-law with a sari rolled up into a rope in a mock rage and tries to drench him with colours, and in turn, the brother-in-law brings sweets (Indian desserts) to her in the evening.

Uttar Pradesh

See also: Lath mar Holi
Lath mar Holi
Colour Drenched Gopis in Krishna Temple, Mathura
Mathura

Barsana , a town near Mathura
Mathura
in the Braj
Braj
region of Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh
, celebrates Lath mar Holi
Lath mar Holi
in the sprawling compound of the Radha
Radha
Rani temple. Thousands gather to witness the Lath Mar Holi
Holi
when women beat up men with sticks as those on the sidelines become hysterical, sing Holi
Holi
songs and shout "Sri Radhey" or "Sri Krishna". The Holi
Holi
songs of Braj
Braj
mandal are sung in pure Braj, the local language. Holi
Holi
celebrated at Barsana is unique in the sense that here women chase men away with sticks. Males also sing provocative songs in a bid to invite the attention of women. Women then go on the offensive and use long staves called lathis to beat the men, who protect themselves with shields.

Mathura, in the Braj
Braj
region, is the birthplace of Lord Krishna
Krishna
. In Vrindavan
Vrindavan
this day is celebrated with special puja and the traditional custom of worshipping Lord Krishna; here the festival lasts for sixteen days. All over the Braj
Braj
region and neighboring places like Hathras , Aligarh , and Agra
Agra
, Holi
Holi
is celebrated in more or less the same way as in Mathura, Vrindavan
Vrindavan
and Barsana. A play of colours then a dance at a Hindu
Hindu
temple near Mathura, at Holi.

A traditional celebration includes Matki Phod, similar to Dahi Handi in Maharashtra
Maharashtra
and Gujarat
Gujarat
during Krishna
Krishna
Janmashtami
Janmashtami
, both in the memory of god Krishna
Krishna
who is also called makhan chor (literally, butter thief). This is a historic tradition of the Braj
Braj
region as well as the western region of India. An earthen pot filled with butter or other milk products is hung high by a rope. Groups of boys and men climb on each other's shoulder to form pyramids to reach and break it, while girls and women sing songs and throw coloured water on the pyramid to distract them and make their job harder. This ritual sport continues in Hindu
Hindu
diaspora communities.

Outside Braj, in the Kanpur
Kanpur
area, Holi
Holi
lasts seven days with colour. On the last day, a grand fair called Ganga Mela or the Holi
Holi
Mela is celebrated. This Mela (fair ) was started by freedom fighters who fought British rule in the First Indian War of Independence in 1857 under the leadership of Nana Saheb . The Mela is held at various ghats along the banks of the River Ganga in Kanpur, to celebrate the Hindus and Muslims who together resisted the British forces in the city in 1857. On the eve of Ganga Mela, all government offices, shops, and courts generally remain closed. The Ganga Mela marks the official end of "The Festival
Festival
of Colours" or Holi
Holi
in Kanpur
Kanpur
.

In Gorakhpur , the northeast district of Uttar Pradesh, the day pig Holi
Holi
starts with a special puja . This day, called " Holi
Holi
Milan", is considered to be the most colourful day of the year, promoting brotherhood among the people. People visit every house and sing Holi songs and express their gratitude by applying coloured powder (Abeer ). It is also considered the beginning of the year, as it occurs on the first day of the Hindu calendar year (Panchang). A natural dye-based Holi
Holi
in Pune, an alternative to synthetic colours.

Uttarakhand

Main article: Kumauni Holi

Kumaoni Holi
Holi
in Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand
includes a musical affair. It takes different forms such as the Baithki Holi, the Khari Holi
Holi
and the Mahila Holi. In Baithki Holi
Holi
and Khari Holi, people sing songs with a touch of melody, fun and spiritualism. These songs are essentially based on classical ragas . Baithki Holi
Holi
(बैठकी होली), also known as Nirvan Ki Holi, begins from the premises of temples, where Holiyars (होल्यार) sing Holi
Holi
songs and people gather to participate, along with playing classical music. The songs are sung in a particular sequence depending on the time of day; for instance, at noon the songs are based on Peelu, Bhimpalasi and Sarang ragas, while evening songs are based on the ragas such as Kalyan, Shyamkalyan and Yaman. The KHARI HOLI (खड़ी होली) is mostly celebrated in the rural areas of Kumaon. The songs of the Khari Holi
Holi
are sung by the people, who, sporting traditional white churidar payajama and kurta , dance in groups to the tune of ethnic musical instruments such as the dhol and hurka . Holi
Holi
celebrations, Pushkar
Pushkar
, Rajasthan
Rajasthan
.

In the Kumaon region, the Holika pyre, known as Cheer (चीर), is ceremonially built in a ceremony known as Cheer Bandhan (चीर बंधन) fifteen days before Dulhendi. The Cheer is a bonfire with a green Paiya tree branch in the middle. The Cheer of every village and neighborhood is rigorously guarded as rival mohallas try to playfully steal each other's cheer.

The colours used on Holi
Holi
are derived from natural sources. Dulhendi, known as Charadi (छरड़ी) (from Chharad (छरड़)), is made from flower extracts, ash and water. Holi
Holi
is celebrated with great gusto much in the same way all across North India.

Bihar

Holi
Holi
is known as Phaguwa in the local Bhojpuri
Bhojpuri
dialect. In this region as well, the legend of Holika is prevalent. On the eve of Phalgun Poornima, people light bonfires. They put dried cow dung cakes, wood of the Araad or Redi tree and Holika tree, grains from the fresh harvest and unwanted wood leaves in the bonfire. At the time of Holika people assemble near the pyre. The eldest member of the gathering or a purohit initiates the lighting. He then smears others with colour as a mark of greeting. Next day the festival is celebrated with colours and a lot of frolic. Traditionally, people also clean their houses to mark the festival.

Holi
Holi
Milan is also observed in Bihar
Bihar
, where family members and well wishers visit each other's family, apply colours (abeer ) on each other's faces, and on feet, if elderly. Usually this takes place on the evening of Holi
Holi
day after Holi
Holi
with wet colours is played in the morning through afternoon. Due to large-scale internal migration issues faced by the people, recently this tradition has slowly begun to transform, and it is common to have Holi
Holi
Milan on an entirely different day either before or after the actual day of Holi.

Children and youths take extreme delight in the festival. Though the festival is usually celebrated with colours, in some places people also enjoy celebrating Holi
Holi
with water solutions of mud or clay. Folk songs are sung at high pitch and people dance to the sound of the dholak (a two-headed hand-drum) and the spirit of Holi. Intoxicating bhang , made from cannabis , milk and spices, is consumed with a variety of mouth-watering delicacies, such as pakoras and thandai , to enhance the mood of the festival.

West Bengal

Dol Khela in Kolkata at Thakurbari

In West Bengal
West Bengal
, Holi
Holi
is known by the name of "Dol Jatra", "Dol Purnima" or the "Swing Festival". The festival is celebrated in a dignified manner by placing the icons of Krishna
Krishna
and Radha
Radha
on a picturesquely decorated palanquin which is then taken round the main streets of the city or the village. On the Dol Purnima day in the early morning, students dress up in saffron-coloured or pure white clothes and wear garlands of fragrant flowers . They sing and dance to the accompaniment of musical instruments, such as the ektara , dubri , and veena . The devotees take turns to swing them while women dance around the swing and sing devotional songs. During these activities, the men keep spraying coloured water and coloured powder, abir , at them. Basanta Utsab at Jorasanko Thakur Bari in 2015.

The head of the family observes a fast and prays to Lord Krishna
Krishna
and Agnidev. After all the traditional rituals are over, he smears Krishna's icon with gulal and offers "bhog " to both Krishna
Krishna
and Agnidev. In Shantiniketan , Holi
Holi
has a special musical flavour. Visitors on Holi
Holi
are offered traditional dishes that include malpoa , kheer sandesh , basanti sandesh (saffron ), saffron milk, payash, and related foods.

Odisha

An 1822 drawing showing elevation of a black stone arch in Puri , Odisha. It carried Vaishnavite gods and goddess, the ritual noted to be a part of the Holi
Holi
festival.

The people of Odisha
Odisha
celebrate "Dola" on the day of Holi
Holi
where the icons of Jagannath replace the icons of Krishna
Krishna
and Radha. Dola Melana, processions of the deities are celebrated in villages and bhoga is offered to the deities. "Dola yatra" was prevalent even before 1560 much before Holi
Holi
was started where the idols of Jagannatha, Balabhadra and Subhadra used to be taken to the "Dolamandapa" (podium in Jagannath temple ). People used to offer natural colours known as "abira" to the deities and apply on each other's feats.

Andhra Pradesh

In Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh
, Holi
Holi
is celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Phaalgunamu. Holi
Holi
announces the arrival of spring and the passing of winter. People indulge in merry-making, and playing with coloured waters is a common sight. Peasants visit homes singing folklore and asking for small tips. The Puranas
Puranas
give different version of the destruction of the she-demon, called as Holika. On the morning of Holi, people have fun with coloured water. Men, women and children all participate in this merry making. A bonfire is lit in the evenings, with an effigy of Holika. This is otherwise known as burning of Kamudu. The religious orthodox circle the fire seven times, reciting religious verses. Folklore and dances are performed around the fire to welcome the new season. In the evening, youngsters play with dry colours and seek elders’ blessings.

Assam

Holi, also called Phakuwa (ফাকুৱা) in Assamese, is celebrated all over Assam
Assam
. Locally called Dol Jatra, associated with Satras of Barpeta
Barpeta
, Holi
Holi
is celebrated over two days. On the first day, the burning of clay huts are seen in Barpeta
Barpeta
and lower Assam which signifies the legends of Holika. On the second day of it, Holi is celebrated with colour powders. The Holi
Holi
songs in chorus devoted to Lord Krishna
Krishna
are also sung in the regions of Barpeta.

Goa

Main article: Shigmo

Holi
Holi
is a part of the Goan or Konkani spring festival known as ŚIGMO or शिगमो in Koṅkaṇī or Śiśirotsava, which lasts for about a month. The colour festival or Holi
Holi
is a part of longer, more extensive spring festival celebrations. Holi
Holi
festivities (but not Śigmo festivities) include: Holika Puja and Dahan, Dhulvad or Dhuli vandan, Haldune or offering yellow and saffron colour or Gulal
Gulal
to the deity.

Maharashtra

In Maharashtra
Maharashtra
, Holi
Holi
Purnima is also celebrated as Shimga, festivities that last 5 to 7 days. A week before the festival, youngsters go around the community, collecting firewood and money. On the day of Shimga, the firewood is heaped into a huge pile in each neighborhood. In the evening, the fire is lit. Every household brings a meal and dessert, in the honour of the fire god. Puran Poli is the main delicacy and children shout " Holi
Holi
re Holi
Holi
puranachi poli". Shimga celebrates the elimination of all evil. The colour celebrations here take place on the day of Rangapanchami , five days after Shimga. During this festival, people are supposed to forget and forgive any rivalries and start new healthy relations with all. Children celebrating Holi
Holi
at Pune
Pune
city, in Maharashtra
Maharashtra

Manipur

Manipuris celebrate Holi
Holi
for 6 days. Here, this holiday merges with the festival of Yaosang . Traditionally, the festival commences with the burning of a thatched hut of hay and twigs. Young children go from house to house to collect money, locally known as nakadeng (or nakatheng), as gifts on the first two days. The youths at night perform a group folk dance called Thabal chongba on the full moon night of Lamta ( Phalgun ), traditionally accompanied by folk songs and rhythmic beats of the indigenous drum, but nowadays by modern bands and fluorescent lamps . In Krishna
Krishna
temples, devotees sing devotional songs, perform dances and celebrate with aber (gulal) wearing traditional white and yellow turbans. On the last day of the festival, large processions are taken out to the main Krishna
Krishna
temple near Imphal where several cultural activities are held. In recent decades, Yaosang , a type of Indian sport, has become common in many places of the valley, where people of all ages come out to participate in a number of sports that are somewhat altered for the holiday.

Kerala

Holi
Holi
is locally called Ukkuli in Konkani or Manjal Kuli in Malayalam . It is celebrated around the Konkani temple called Gosripuram Thirumala temple.

Karnataka

Traditionally, in rural Karnataka
Karnataka
children collect money and wood in the weeks prior to Holi, and on "Kamadahana" night all the wood is put together and lit. The festival is celebrated for two days. People in north Karnataka
Karnataka
prepare special food on this day. Holi Celebration in Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh
.

In Sirsi , Karnataka, Holi
Holi
is celebrated with a unique folk dance called "Bedara Vesha", which is performed during the nights beginning five days before the actual festival day. The festival is celebrated every alternate year in the town, which attracts a large number of tourists from different parts of the India.

Telangana

As in other parts of India, in rural Telangana
Telangana
, children celebrate kamuda and collect money, rice, Mokkajonna and wood for weeks prior to Holi, and on Kamudha night all the wood is put together and set on fire. Selfie of family celebrating Holi
Holi

Tamil Nadu

Tamil Hindus celebrate Holi
Holi
as it relates to the legend of Kama
Kama
Deva. Holi
Holi
is known by three names: Kamavilas, Kaman Pandigai and Kama-Dahanam

Jammu & Kashmir

In Jammu ">

Punjab "> Preparing for Holika Dahan, Kathamandu, Nepal
Nepal
. Locals Celebrating Holi
Holi
In Kathmandu
Kathmandu
, Nepal
Nepal

Holi, along with many other Hindu
Hindu
festivals, is celebrated in Nepal as a national festival. It is an important major Nepal-wide festival along with Dashain and Tihar ( Dipawali ). It is celebrated in the Nepali month of Phagun (same date as Indian Holi), and signifies the legends of the Hindu
Hindu
god Krishna. Newar Buddhists and others worship Saraswati
Saraswati
shrine in Vajrayogini temples and celebrate the festival with their Hindu
Hindu
friends. Traditional concerts are held in most cities in Nepal, including Kathmandu
Kathmandu
, Narayangarh , Pokhara , Hetauda , and Dharan , and are broadcast on television with various celebrity guests.

People walk through their neighbourhoods to celebrate Holi
Holi
by exchanging colours and spraying coloured water on one another. A popular activity is the throwing of water balloons at one another, sometimes called lola (meaning water balloon). Many people mix bhang in their drinks and food, as is also done during Shivaratri
Shivaratri
. It is believed that the combination of different colours at this festival takes all sorrow away and makes life itself more colourful.

INDIAN DIASPORA

Over the years, Holi
Holi
has become an important festival in many regions wherever Indian diaspora were either taken as indentured labourers during colonial era , or where they emigrated on their own, and are now present in large numbers such as in Africa, North America, Europe, Latin America, and parts of Asia such as Fiji. Suriname
Suriname
A celebration of Holi
Holi
Festival
Festival
in the United States.

Holi
Holi
is a national holiday in Suriname
Suriname
. It is called Phagwa festival, and is celebrated to mark the beginning of spring and Hindu mythology. In Suriname, Holi
Holi
Phagwa is a festival of colour. It is customary to wear old white clothes on this day, be prepared to get them dirty and join in the colour throwing excitement and party. Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago

Phagwa is normally celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago
on the Sunday closest to the actual date of Phagwah. It is celebrated with a lot of colour and splendour, along with the singing on traditional Phagwah songs or Chowtal (gana). Guyana
Guyana
Drummers of Indo-Caribbean community celebrating Phagwah (Holi) in New York City, 2013

Phagwah is a national holiday in Guyana
Guyana
, and peoples of all races and religions participate in the celebrations. The main celebration in Georgetown is held at the Mandir in Prashad Nagar. Fiji
Fiji

Indo-Fijians celebrate Holi
Holi
as festival of colours, folksongs and dances. The folksongs sung in Fiji
Fiji
during Holi
Holi
season are called phaag gaaian. Phagan, also written as Phalgan, is the last month of the Hindu
Hindu
calendar. Holi
Holi
is celebrated at the end of Phagan. Holi
Holi
marks the advent of spring and ripening of crops in Northern India. Not only it is a season of romance and excitement, folk songs and dances, it is also an occasion of playing with powder, perfumes and colours. Many of the Holi
Holi
songs in Fiji
Fiji
are around the theme of love-relationship between Radha
Radha
and Krishna. Mauritius
Mauritius

Holi
Holi
in Mauritius
Mauritius
comes close on the heels of Shivaratri. It celebrates the beginning of spring, commemorating good harvests and the fertile land. Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring’s abundant colours and saying farewell to winter. It is considered one of the most exhilarating religious holidays in existence. During this event, participants hold a bonfire, throw coloured powder at each other, and celebrate wildly.

PAKISTAN

Holi
Holi
is celebrated by Pakistani Hindus , in various cities in the provinces of Punjab and Sindh
Sindh
, such as Karachi
Karachi
, Hazara , Rawalpindi
Rawalpindi
, Sindh
Sindh
, Hyderabad , Multan
Multan
and Lahore
Lahore
. Locals in Multan associate Holi
Holi
and Prahlada with the Prahlada- Puri
Puri
Temple .

Holi
Holi
was not a public holiday in Pakistan
Pakistan
from 1947 to 2016. Holi along with Diwali
Diwali
for Hindus, and Easter for Christians, was adopted as public holiday resolution by Pakistan's parliament in 2016, giving the local governments and public institutions the right to declare Holi
Holi
as a holiday and grant leave for its minority communities, for the first time. This decision has been controversial, with some Pakistanis welcoming the decision, while others criticising it, with the concern that declaring Holi
Holi
a public holiday advertises a Hindu festival to Pakistani children.

TRADITIONAL SOURCES OF COLOURS

Flowers
Flowers
of Dhak or Palash
Palash
are used to make traditional colours

The spring season, during which the weather changes, is believed to cause viral fever and cold. The playful throwing of natural coloured powders, called gulal has a medicinal significance: the colours are traditionally made of Neem
Neem
, Kumkum , Haldi , Bilva , and other medicinal herbs prescribed by Āyurvedic doctors.

Many colours are obtained by mixing primary colours. Artisans produce and sell many of the colours from natural sources in dry powder form, in weeks and months preceding Holi. Some of the traditional natural plant based sources of colours are: Orange and red

The flowers of palash or tesu tree, also called the flame of the forest, are typical source of bright red and deep orange colours. Powdered fragrant red sandal wood, dried hibiscus flowers, madder tree, radish and pomegranate are alternate sources and shades of red. Mixing lime with turmeric powder creates an alternate source of orange powder, as does boiling saffron (kesar) in water. Green

Mehendi and dried leaves of gulmohur tree offer a source of green colour. In some areas, the leaves of spring crops and herbs have been used as source of green pigment. Yellow Colours for Holi
Holi
on sale at a market in Mysore
Mysore
.

Haldi (turmeric ) powder is the typical source of yellow colour. Sometimes this is mixed with chickpeas, gram or other flour to get the right shade. Bael fruit, amaltas, species of chrysanthemums, and species of marigold are alternate sources of yellow. Blue

Indigo plant , Indian berries, species of grapes, blue hibiscus and jacaranda flowers are traditional sources of blue colour for Holi. Magenta and purple

Beetroot is the traditional source of magenta and purple colour. Often these are directly boiled in water to prepare coloured water. Brown

Dried tea leaves offer a source of brown coloured water. Certain clays are alternate source of brown. Black

Species of grapes, fruits of amla (gooseberry) and vegetable carbon (charcoal) offer gray to black colours.

HOLI POWDER

SYNTHETIC COLOURS

A young man celebrating Holi
Holi

Natural colours were used in the past to celebrate Holi
Holi
safely by applying turmeric , sandalwood paste, extracts of flowers and leaves. As the spring-blossoming trees that once supplied the colours used to celebrate Holi
Holi
have become more rare, chemically produced industrial dyes have been used to take their place in almost all of urban India. Due to the commercial availability of attractive pigments, slowly the natural colours are replaced by synthetic colours. As a result, it has caused mild to severe symptoms of skin irritation and inflammation. Lack of control over the quality and content of these colours is a problem, as they are frequently sold by vendors who do not know their origin.

A 2007 study found that malachite green , a synthetic bluish-green dye used in some colours during Holi
Holi
festival, was responsible for severe eye irritation in Delhi, if eyes were not washed upon exposure. Though the study found that the pigment did not penetrate through the cornea, malachite green is of concern and needs further study.

Another 2009 study reports that some colours produced and sold in India
India
contain metal-based industrial dyes, causing an increase in skin problems to some people in the days following Holi. These colours are produced in India, particularly by small informal businesses, without any quality checks and are sold freely in the market. The colours are sold without labeling, and the consumer lacks information about the source of the colours, their contents, and possible toxic effects. In recent years, several nongovernmental organisations have started campaigning for safe practices related to the use of colours. Some are producing and marketing ranges of safer colours derived from natural sources such as vegetables and flowers.

These reports have galvanised a number of groups into promoting more natural celebrations of Holi. Development Alternatives, Delhi and Kalpavriksh, – Kalpavriksh Environment Action Group, Pune, The CLEAN India
India
campaign and Society for Child Development, through its Avacayam Cooperative Campaign have launched campaigns to help children learn to make their own colours for Holi
Holi
from safer, natural ingredients. Meanwhile, some commercial companies such as the National Botanical Research Institute have begun to market "herbal" dyes, though these are substantially more expensive than the dangerous alternatives. However, it may be noted that many parts of rural India have always resorted to natural colours (and other parts of festivities more than colours) due to availability.

In urban areas, some people wear nose mask and sun glasses to avoid inhaling pigments and to prevent chemical exposure to eyes.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

An alleged environmental issue related to the celebration of Holi
Holi
is the traditional Holika bonfire, which is believed to contribute to deforestation. Activists estimate Holika causes 30,000 bonfires every year, with each one burning approximately 100 kilograms of wood. This represents less than 0.0001% of 350 million tons of wood India consumes every year, as one of the traditional fuels for cooking and other uses.

The use of heavy metal-based pigments during Holi
Holi
is also reported to cause temporary wastewater pollution, with the water systems recovering to pre-festival levels within 5 days.

FLAMMABILITY

In June 2015, hundreds of concert-goers in Bali District
Bali District
, Taiwan were severely injured in the Formosa Fun Coast explosion , including fifteen who died later in hospital, after three tons of corn starch powder mixed with food colouring was sprayed onto the crowd at a high velocity, causing a massive explosion.

The method of powder application at the concert created "an extremely dense dust cloud over the stage and its immediate vicinity". People near the stage were standing ankle deep in coloured corn starch powder and the powder was suspended into the air using air blowers as well as compressed gas canisters. Initial investigations into the explosion showed the ignition of the suspended corn starch powder was likely caused by a cigarette or spark. An Asia One report states that such an explosion can occur, under certain conditions, not just with corn starch but with powder form of any agricultural product such as "powdered milk, soya flour, cornflour, rice dust, spice powders, sugar, tapioca, cocoa powder, coconut shell dust, coffee dust, garlic powder, grass dust, malted hops, lemon peel dust, oat flour, peanut skins, tea and tobacco", and that "the crucial element is not the composition of the powder itself, but whether it's deployed under high pressure with a flame nearby."

According to Williamson, flammable powder or dust suspended in air in high concentrations is explosive . Williamson notes that "dust cloud explosions can only occur if the dust concentration is within certain limits. In general the lowest concentration of dust that can give a dust explosion is around 50-100 g/m3 and the maximum is 2-3 kg/m3. These limits are dependent on the particular chemical in question. It is usually easy to see if a cloud is explosible, as visibility through a dust cloud - even at the lowest concentrations - is impaired."

During traditional Holi
Holi
celebrations in India, Rinehart writes, colours are exchanged in person by "tenderly applying coloured powder to another person's cheek", or by spraying and dousing others with buckets of coloured water.

INFLUENCE ON OTHER CULTURES

Holi
Holi
celebrations in other cultures

UNC South Africa
South Africa

Stanford University
Stanford University
Germany
Germany

Utah
Utah
, United States
United States
New York City
New York City

Malaysia
Malaysia
Netherlands
Netherlands

Brazil
Brazil
Russia
Russia

The festival of Holi
Holi
is increasingly celebrated in many parts of the world outside India.

Holi
Holi
is celebrated as a social event in parts of the United States. For example, at Sri Sri Radha
Radha
Krishna
Krishna
Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah
Utah
, NYC Holi
Holi
Hai in Manhattan
Manhattan
, New York and Festival
Festival
of Colors: Holi NYC in New York City
New York City
, New York , Holi
Holi
is celebrated as the Festival of Color, where thousands of people gather from all over the United States, play and mingle.

HOLI-INSPIRED EVENTS

A number of Holi-inspired social events have also surfaced, particularly in Europe and the United States, often organised by companies as for-profit or charity events with paid admission, and with varying scheduling that does not coincide with the actual Holi festival. These have included Holi-inspired music festivals such as the Festival
Festival
Of Colours Tour and Holi
Holi
One (which feature timed throws of Holi
Holi
powder), and 5K run
5K run
franchises such as The Color Run , Holi Run and Color Me Rad, in which participants are doused with the powder at per-kilometre checkpoints.

There have been concerns that these events appropriate and trivialise aspects of Holi
Holi
for commercial gain—downplaying or completely ignoring the cultural and spiritual roots of the celebration. Organisers of these events have argued that the costs are to cover various key aspects of their events, such as safe colour powders, safety and security, and entertainment.

SEE ALSO

* Hinduism
Hinduism
portal * Hola Mohalla * Holika * Holika Dahan
Holika Dahan
* Kumauni Holi * Midsummer * Nowruz
Nowruz
* Songkran (Thai festival)

NOTES

* ^ A B Since ancient times, the Indian subcontinent
Indian subcontinent
has had several major Hindu
Hindu
calendars , which places Holi
Holi
and other festivals on different local months even though they mean the same date. Some Hindu
Hindu
calendars emphasise the solar cycle, some the lunar cycle. Further, the regional calendars feature two traditions of Amanta and Purnimanta systems, wherein the similar sounding months refer to different parts of a lunar cycle, thus further diversifying the nomenclature. The Hindu
Hindu
festival of Holi
Holi
falls on the first (full moon) day of Chaitra lunar month's dark fortnight in the Purnimanta system, while the same exact day for Holi
Holi
is expressed in Amanta system as the lunar day of Phalguna Purnima. Both time measuring and dating systems are equivalent ways of meaning the same thing, they continue to be in use in different regions. In regions where the local calendar places it in its Phalguna month, Holi
Holi
is also called Phaguwa.

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Festival
of Colors celebration at the Cultural Performing Arts Center (May 9). Partygoers flung paint powder around with gleeful abandon while grooving the day and night away, and as you'll see from our photos, this year's bash was one of the most gloriously messy spring events in NYC. * ^ Muncy, C.S. (4 May 2014). "PORTRAITS FROM HOLI NYC". The Village Voice . New York City. Archived from the original on 1 August 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2016. Holi
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Hai, also known as the Festival of Colors, celebrates the coming of spring, the joy of friendship, and equality for all. Held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Yard @ C-PAC (Cultural Performing Arts Center) in Brooklyn, thousands of participants joined in to dance and generally cover each other in colored powder. The powders used in Holi
Holi
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