10Best Celebrates Holi Festival

  • A Burst of Color

    Holi, one of the most familiar Indian festivals, is celebrated at the end of February or early in March as a way to welcome the spring and rejoice over the triumph of good over evil. While Holi has its roots in Northern India and Nepal, it's now celebrating all over the world.

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  • Holi Traditions

    In Holi's most visible and vibrant tradition, celebrants purchase colorful powders from street market vendors. On the day of the festival, young and old alike take to the streets, flinging these rainbow-hued powdered paints at each other. For this one day, age, race, social class and gender don't matter. Everyone comes together for fun in the streets.

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  • A Little History

    In a deeply devout country like India, Holi too has religious roots. One variation of the Holi story tells of a young and mischevious Krishna throwing colorful powders on the milkmaids as a practical joke. It's this spirit of lighthearted fun that makes Holi such an appealing celebration worldwide.

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  • Holi powders in Rajasthan

    Good Versus Evil

    Another tells of Prince Prahlad, a devotee of Vishnu whose own aunt tried to destroy him in a fire. Due to his devotion, he walked out of the fire alive while his evil aunt perished. From this legend comes the tradition of lighting a bonfire the night before Holi.

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  • Holi Celebrations in India

    In India, cities with a strong connection to Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu, tend to have the most extravagant Holi celebrations. In Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, the towns of Barsana, Mathura, Nandgaon and Vrindavan draw tourists from around the world to witness and participate in the fun.

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  • Mysore Market

    The Spread of Holi

    Thanks to the Indian Diaspora, Holi celebrations have popped up all over the world, wherever Indian communities have settled. Nepal, Trinidad and Tobago, Great Britain and Guyana have some of the biggest celebrations.

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  • Holi in the United States

    Luckily, you don't have to fly all the way to India – or even outside of the United States – to experience Holi. Communities and college campuses around the country are starting to host their own Holi celebrations, the biggest of which takes place in Spanish Fork, Utah, where members of the Hare Krishna Temple go through more than 120,000 bags of colored powder.

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  • A young couple kiss in New Delhi

    A Celebration of Love

    Since Holi is a time when many social customs and taboos go out the window and people are brought together, it's become somewhat of a celebration of love and togetherness. Instead of gifting chocolate and flowers, young couples toss powders and colored liquids at each other.

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  • Tips for Celebrating Holi

    It may sound obvious, but if you're in India (or anywhere else with a sizable Holi celebration) expect to get dirty. While there's been a move to start using more natural ingredients for the colored paints, many still stain. If you don't want to get dirty, don't go out.

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  • A nap is in order after all the fun.

    The Aftermath

    In India, foreigners seem to be the biggest targets for colorful bursts of powder, so be prepared. While the spirit of the celebration is positive and uplifting, some celebrants are known to take the revelry a little too far, so always go out in groups and look out for each other. Most of all, have fun!

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