Once a year, streets and homes across India explode with color, as people celebrate the Hindu festival of Holi.
The festival, which usually falls in late February or early March, is a celebration of the arrival of spring and the victory of good over evil.
Holi is a two-day festival that begins on the evening of the full moon, with a ritual bonfire called Holika Dahan
The following day, people hit the streets with colored powder and water, drenching each other in a riot of colors. Everyone, from young children to the elderly, gets involved in the fun and revelry.
But Holi is more than just a colorful spectacle. It has a rich cultural and religious significance, and different parts of India have their own unique traditions associated with the festival
There are different legends behind the festival of Holi. One of the most popular ones is the story of Prahlada, a young devotee of Lord Vishnu who was saved from his evil father's attempts to kill him by his faith in the lord.
The second day of Holi is when the real fun begins. Known as Rangwali Holi, this is when people hit the streets with colored powder and water.
Holi is celebrated in different ways in different parts of India. In some places, like Mathura and Vrindavan, the celebrations can go on for weeks
Holi is a festival that brings people together, regardless of their social or economic status. It is a time for forgiveness, renewal, and strengthening bonds of friendship and community.
So, whether you're in India or abroad, make sure to join in the celebrations of Holi. Spread joy, love, and colors, and experience the rich cultural heritage of this vibrant festival. Happy Holi!