Holi in India
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Holi 2014



Holi 2014 Date

When: 17 March 2014
Where: India

Holi Festival takes place during the spring season when the countryside is bathed in a riot of colours. Matching the yellow-gold of mustard fields, the loud magenta of bougainvillea blooms and the blazing orange of the flame of the forest, people welcome the spring season by celebrating the festival with colours. They play with dry colours (gulal) and coloured water filled in ‘pichkaris’ (big syringes like instrument which squirts coloured water).

Holi is celebrated as the thanksgiving festival of India, in which people pray to God for a good harvest. It is the festival which celebrates the victory of good over evil by burning holy bon-fires a night before.

According to Hindu legends, Holi is also celebrated as the victory of kids over the invincible ogress Dhundi with the help of intoxicating drink ‘bhang.’ Many people consume Bhang during the Holi celebrations.

Mathura, Vrindavan, Gokul, Nandgaon, Phalen and Barsana are known as the Braj Bhoomi, it is where Lord Krishna spent his childhood and the Holi celebrated here is known as the Braj Holi.It depicts the festival as love play of Radha Krishna.

Holi is one of the most cheerful festivals celebrated in India.


History of Holi

Myth and religion mingle with the urge to have a great time; and Holi is a celebration as much of the 'triumph of good over evil' as of the coming of spring and the passing of winter.

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Holi Celebrations in India

Holi celebrations begin with 'Holika Dahan' which is burning Holika i.e. a heap of old things, sticks, leaves and branches. The bonfire symbolises victory of good over the evil.

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Braj Holi

As we know by now that the festival of Holi is celebrated all over India with great fervour but the most popular Holi is celebrated in well-known Braj bhoomi that include Mathura, Vrindavan, Gokul, Nandgaon, Phalen and Barsana. All these places have played a very important role in Hindu mythology, where Lord Krishna spent his childhood.

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Holi Safety Tips

As we know by now that the festival of Holi is celebrated all over India with great fervour but the most popular Holi is celebrated in well-known Braj bhoomi that include Mathura, Vrindavan, Gokul, Nandgaon, Phalen and Barsana. All these places have played a very important role in Hindu mythology, where Lord Krishna spent his childhood.

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