Happy Holi to all, The Festival of Colours :
The essence of any festival is to take a break from the daily humdrum of life and make it interesting. The other major intention of celebrating festival is to bring people together and generate a feeling of brotherhood and spread harmony all around.
When is HOLI in 2017?
As the timing of Holi synchronized with the moon, this year we have Dhuleti (Rangwali Holi) on 13th March,2017 (Monday) and the Holika Dahan will be the evening beforehand.
So What is Holi?
Holi is a Hindu festival that marks the arrival of spring, known widely as ‘Festival of Colours’.
It taken place over two days and is mainly celebration of colours, love, triumph of good versus evil. It is most colourful festival ever and it not only celebrate by India or Nepal but all the corners of the globe, too.
It is often associated with the coloured powders that end up coating its participants after they have thrown them at each other. This is just one part of Holi, which is split into two events: “Holika Dahan” and “Rangwali Holi or Dhuleti”.
Holika Dahan takes place on the full moon night of Falgun as per the Hindu calendar and it typically comes in March (Sometimes in February) as per the Gregorian Calendar. Wood and dung cakes are burned in a symbolic pyre to signify good defeating evil. The very next day in morning, people gather in public spaces and take part in Rangwali Holi. This is a raucous affair where people chase each other around, throwing Gulal (Coloured Powders) at one another and getting drenched in water.
In the era of Hindu festival celebrations, It draws with various thoughts.
However, Holi is majorly found as a time for people to meet each other and enjoy themselves. It is purported to be a time when friends, families and relatives can get together.
This festival of colours celebrated regardless of any concern for caste or ethnicity, although how much this holds true is debatable. Hindu and all other community understand the spirituals behind it and celebrate with brotherhood.
Holi is now widely spread and celebrate around the world across more than 100 countries.
Some of them are as below:
Indian people now can be found each corner of the world; they meet their friends and exchange sweets and greetings. Of course, also arrange Holi celebration in social engaging hall and have colourful celebrations in many areas.
Holi in Australia
Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and major cities where Indian territory in large numbers.
People celebrates Holi with colours and water and share their joy of happiness.
Holi in Bangladesh
The closest country of India has a multifaceted cultured public live and mostly the influence of Buddhist, Hindus and Muslim cultures. Though the country is Muslim dominated, Hindus too celebrate their festivals with gaiety.
Holi in Canada
In Canada, Toronto, and many other cities where Indians are in large population get together to celebrate the festival of colours with Indian tradition.
Holi in Guyana
Located in the north-east coast of South America, Guyana celebrate Holi with great fan fair.
Holi or Phagwa, as the Guyanese better know, is celebrated in Guyana by the singing of special songs called Chowtaals and by the spraying of coloured powder (abrack) and water (abeer).
Holi in Mauritius
Mauritius is the holiday very nice holiday destination. The major Hindu festivals are celebrated due to the large Indian public majority, (about 63 per cent) celebrate Holi with a lot of enthusiasm in the Mauritius island.
Holi in Nepal
Nepal is known as Hindu country having mainly Hinduism population. Holi is celebrated with great pomp and show in Nepal. Celebrations lasts for a week in which the entire country gets drenched in the coloured water.
Holi in Pakistan
Although withing Muslim majority public in Pakistan , Hindus and Muslims both celebrate holi, They forget the concerns about the religion and other country level problems and celebrate the victory of good over evil forces by lighting bonfires called Holika.
Holi in South Africa
The origin of black people, South Africa, takes immense delight in celebrating the festival of Holi and South Africa is no exception. The vibrant Gujarati’s and other Indians settled in South Africa have made it a point to keep the tradition of celebrating Holi alive in the country.
Holi in Surinam
The festival of colours Holi is celebrated with a great excitement in Surinam which has a large number of Indians. Hindus constitute about 35-40% of the population, It has been found that many people migrated from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to Surinam. They celebrate this festival with the great joy.
Holi in United Kingdom
Not only United Kingdon but also many other countries in the Europe territory where Hindus settled do not miss out the excitement of Holi celebrations and enjoy to the hilt. Zeal for the festival is particularly marked in this country as Indians constitute the second largest ethnic minority.
Holi in UAE
UAE a group of countries, Saudi, Dubai and few others where Holi is a festival of colours , which is celebrated by the people belonging to the Hindu community. No matter where they are, the celebration does not stop and they do it all with similar enthusiasm and fervour.
Holi in USA
In the United States Of America, The second largest population of USA can be considered as India. Hence there is almost every city-state organize Holi celebration with gaiety and lot of fanfare in this country.
Happy holi to all of you. 🙂