Holi, Phagwa or Basant Utsav is an annual festival that welcomes the spring. It is celebrated on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna (end February or early March). Holi is particularly celebrated in North India.
Holi is celebrated in all states and territories, with the exception of Karnataka, Kerala, Nagaland, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and Tripura. Vasant Panchami in Orissa, Tripura, West Bengal. The day begins with people attending Holi parties, where everyone gathers to celebrate Holi with dance, music and colours. There is a ritual of drinking hemp, eating sweets and pastries. The rest of the day spent visiting family and friends and exchanging gifts of Holi in India.
Initially Holi was a celebration of fertility and new beginnings, that lasted for days or weeks. Nevertheless, the main festivities last two days. On the first day of the holiday, which is known as Chhoti Holi, Holika Dahan takes place. This tradition involves burning huge bonfires, dancing, singing and overall fun. The idea behind Holika Dahan is the victory of good over evil.
The best part of any holiday in Holi is people play with colours and throw gulal (auspicious powder) in each other faces. Holi is the time to forget all enmity and meeting each other with love and hugs. In addition, people sing and dance on the beats of dholak (tambour). All these traditions add more joy to the celebration at Holi.
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