Holi is a popular Hindu spring festival celebrated in Nepal and India marking as the arrival of spring, end of winter, sharing love with colors and enjoying a day with families. Holi is the festival of water and color brings a kind of joy, happiness after the chilling cold winter seasons get off signifying the blossom of flowers making the environment vivid.
During the festival, people play with color and water among each other, eat and drink the delicious dishes and sing at evening after playing with water and colors. Children play with water guns and water balloons.
The roads, village street get crowded with the youths playing holi with water and color in the city areas of Nepal. The tourist city of Kathmandu, Thamel also get colorful during this day. Tourist of different countries and religions also take part in the festival. It really seems a war in the streets of Kathmandu with the attitude of playing holi.
Nowdays, people are seen in Holi Tshirt and cloths participating in the celebration making a loud “Happy Holi”. This goes all the day until the sunset. There will be Holi eve events in the major cities of Nepal and the restaurants, hotels will be organizing the program to focus flow of visitors with music and food festival.
When is Holi in Nepal? In Nepali, Holi is also known as Fagu celebrated on 1st March 2018 in hilly region including Kathmandu valley and on 2nd March in Terai region.
Holi 2019 : Thursday, March 20
Holi Facts, Information and History Holi is a colorful festival celebrated by Hindu people all over the world held in spring that marks the victory of good over evil. It is celebrated on the full moon day as per the Nepali celender and popular festival of Hindus.
According to history, Holika, the sister of demon king Hiranyakashyapu who have the power not to burn by fire attempted to take her bother’s young son Prahlad’s life by burning him in a fire. But, Holika herself burns to death whereas Prahlad was not affected. Since then, the name Holi came from Holika.
In Kathmandu, the Chir (a Bamboo pole) covered with colorful cloths is erected a week before the festival starts. On the eve of Holi, it is taken down and burnt to symbolize the death of evil Holika.
Holi is celebrate for two days in different parts of Nepal, first it is celebrated in Kathmandu and Hilly areas whereas a day after it is celebrated in Terai areas.
In Nepal, holi starts a week before the exact date, children starts playing water balloon and pistol. On the day, it is accepted to play with colors and water to each others saying “Happy Holi”.