Holi has been celebrated in the Indian subcontinent for centuries, with poems documenting celebrations dating back to the 4th century CE. It marks the beginning of spring after a long winter, symbolic of the triumph of good over evil. It is celebrated in March, corresponding to the Hindu calendar month of Phalguna. In 2022, Holi begins March 18.
On the day of Holi, entire streets and towns turn red, green and yellow as people throw colored powder into the air and splash them on others. Each color carries a meaning. Red, for example, symbolizes love and fertility while green stands for new beginnings. People also splash water on each other in celebration. Water guns are used to squirt water, while balloons filled with colored water are also flung from rooftops. Later in the day, families gather together for festive meals. It is also common to distribute sweets among neighbors and friends.
In addition, on the eve of the festival, large pyres are lit in many parts of India to signify the burning of evil spirits. People often throw wood, dried leaves and twigs into bonfires.
Holi is a very carefree festival that's great fun to participate in if you don't mind getting wet and dirty. You'll end up saturated in water, with color all over your skin and clothes. The excitement of having vibrant colors scattered in the air is delightful. The two-day festival is a pleasant way of welcoming spring.
You can celebrate Holi in many different ways by lighting up a fire like having a Holika bonfire set up and gathering people around to perform religious rituals. Most of them include praying to God to demolish evil and asking for forgiveness from God. Let your inner child come out by playing with wet and dry colors. Strengthen your bond with others and engage in a cheerful fight with them by throwing colors and water balloons at them. Arrange a feast that comprises different meals including sweets, drinks, etc. One of the most popular drinks of this festival is 'bhang,' which is made from cannabis leaves and largely consumed during the festival.
Overall, Holi commemorates love, passion, and unity. It welcomes spring, includes yummy food and this is why people love it. Just looking at the vibrant colors everywhere in the air increases my desire to participate in a Holi festival.