March 21, 2011
Last weekend Holi, the festival of colours, was celebrated in India and Nepal. The festival is also known as Fagu and marks the beginning of spring. It is celebrated every year on the full moon day of the eleventh month of the lunar calendar. Holi originally is a religious festival, for many people today it is mainly a fun celebration.
The night before the festival bonfires are errected to mark the destruction of the demon Holika. The next day everyone, especially children, throw colour powder and balloons filled with coloured water at each other to mark the festival. They also give brightly coloured sweets to each other. Holi is a festival for everyone, regardless of class, caste, age or gender.
Watch a video about the festival here and then maybe next year you want to join in to the celebrations yourself?