There’s no better way to welcome Spring than by celebrating Holi in India. This holiday is a wonderful occasion to spend time with those who are important to you, in the most colorful way possible!
Holi originated as a Hindu festival celebrated in India and Nepal, but has since spread and become a popular event throughout South East Asia and beyond. This festival celebrates the victory of good over evil while honoring the Hindu god, Lord Vishnu, however, you needn’t be Hindu or even religious to join in! Holi is the perfect excuse to have fun with friends and family while celebrating the beauty of Spring. There are many destinations throughout the world that participate, however you won’t find a more exciting location than the motherland itself. Check out our 16-day trip through India, where you can celebrate Holi authentically.
All the activities
So what exactly do you do during the festival of Holi? You color yourself and your surroundings in every way possible! Most of the day is spent at outdoor parties throwing colored powder and or water at others. In most cities of India, you will find live music and dancing throughout this joyous day. The most popular cities to engage in festivities are Mathura, Vrindavan, Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur, a few of which you will visit on our tour.
Night time extravaganzas
The Holika Dahan, a giant bonfire, marks the eve of Holi and really puts all who participate in the spirit. During this bonfire, you witness the Puja, where people sing, dance and symbolically walk around the fire.
The best ways to prepare for Holi
Holi is a great day of fun but it’s also important to be adequately prepared! The festival of Holi is an excuse for people to let loose, get crazy and even dirty. With colored powder flying in all directions, it’s important to protect your eyes and mouth as much as possible. It goes without saying, don’t wear anything you aren’t prepared to throw away!
Why Celebrate Holi?
You don’t have to be religious or a scholar of Indian culture to be interested in Holi. Today, there are many reasons people participate around the world. If you enjoy a good party with the added bonus of color and music you won’t need to be persuaded for very long. For others, Holi is not just about the party, it’s seen as a great way to bring luck for the upcoming Spring Harvest. It’s also viewed as a day to mend and repair broken relationships by many. Whether you’re looking for a day of fun or an excuse to bond with someone special, there’s no reason not to join in!