Wishing you all a very Happy Holi on this beautiful sunny day!
Also known as the festival of colours, Holi is a bright and colourful Indian festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil. It is celebrated over two days on the full moon of the month of Phalguna (Feb-Mar).
There are many cultural and religious significances behind the holiday. The light-hearted frivolity of the festival is said to be in imitation of Lord Krishna playing with his gopis.
It celebrates the eternal divine love of Lord Krishna and Radha. Many people also kindle a bonfire the previous evening, which symbolises the destruction of the demoness Holika. This ritual is called Holika Dahan.
The festival also marks the onset of spring, and is a reminder to let go of all the evils and drudgery of the past.
People all around the world celebrate the festivities by smearing powdered colour on each other and drenching each other with coloured water. Regardless of friends or strangers, everyone is treated equally (and is in equal danger of being splashed!) Delicacies like gujiya, samosa, kebabs, and various sweets are extremely popular, and a great way to build camaraderie.
In the evening, after sobering up from the day’s activities, people visit friends and family and exchange sweets. A beautiful end to a colourful day!