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India celebrates Festival of Colours – Five reasons to love Holi

India celebrates Festival of Colours – Five reasons to love Holi

Here are five things you may not know about the Festival of Colours and gives you a little insight into why we love this celebration so much:

Burying the cold hatchets
The Hindu celebration of Holi is also known as the Festival of Colours. It originated in India, which marked the passing of winter and the start of a new beginning – spring.

Kaleidoscope of colour
The central tradition of Holi is to throw coloured powder at one another. The powder colours, also known as gulal, are smeared on other’s faces and clothing. Eventually everyone is drenched in the vibrant hues of red, blue green, pink, violet and yellow giving this celebration its nickname – The Festival of Colours.

Good vibrations
Holi is best understood as a celebration of the colours of unity and brotherhood. Holi is an opportunity to forget differences. The festival does not recognize distinctions of cast, class, creed, colour, status or sex. Holi is about bringing people together: employees and employers, men and women, rich and poor, young and old.

Global appeal
Holi is one of the most widely celebrated, and least religious, of all Hindu holidays. Celebrations begin on Holi eve. Public bonfires are lit which signify the destruction of evil and, metaphorically, the burning of the Hindu demoness “Holika”.  The heat from the fires also serve as reminders that winter is behind and that hot summer days are ahead.

Spread the love
During this festival people typically hug and wish each other “Happy Holi”.

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