Indian Tourism: The Holi Festival of Hindus

The Indian people are once again immersed in the vibrant festival atmosphere which is a characteristic of this country.

From March 20-21, the Hindu community in particular and people all over the Indian region in general jubilantly celebrate Holi celebrations, also known as the color festival, one of the biggest holidays in this South Asian country.

Holi festival is held annually on the full moon day of the month of Falgun Hindu calendar (usually falls in March), marking the end of the winter, the beginning of Spring and also the symbol of the victory of the good before evil, especially the eradication of the female demon Holika.

This is also an opportunity for friends and relatives to gather, play, wish each other good things and show gratitude to the gods who gave them a good harvest.

On the eve of Holi, Indians grouped up large bonfires called Holika Dahan, symbolizing the burning of the Holika demon. People gather around the fire, perform rituals and pray for loved ones to be healthy and well-off.

The main day of this festival is the sprawling day of covering and flooding the streets, especially in the common areas of the community. On this day, everyone has fun, from children to adults, men and women all prepare themselves with bags of pigments, water balls and water-spraying guns to color each other. They dance, sing and immerse themselves in a vibrant and magical music space.

l is the sprawling day of covering and flooding the streets, especially in the common areas of the community. On this day, everyone has fun, from children to adults, men and women all prepare themselves with bags of pigments, water balls and water-spraying guns to color each other. They dance, sing and immerse themselves in a vibrant and magical music space.

Traditionally, these colors are blended from natural plants, so they can be easily removed like saffron, sandalwood and roses. Everyone together rushed to the street to participate in this exciting game. By the end of the morning, everyone looks like a colorful picture.

People gather in groups to sing and dance while drumming and dholak. Every time the “battle” with the colors is paused, everyone will eat gujiya, mathri, malpuas and many other traditional dishes. Bhang, a drink made from local herbs is also an integral part of the Holi festival.