Holi, also known as the ‘Festival of Colours’, is a Hindu celebration which commemorates the triumph of good over evil. This year it is taking place on Monday 17th March, as it is celebrated the day after the full moon in March each year. The name ‘Holi’ came from Hindus’ Lord Krishna who played pranks on girls by soaking them in water and colours.
On the eve of Holi, bonfires are lit to burn evil spirits, originating from the burning and destruction of the demoness Holika. This is then followed by a carefree play with dry powder and coloured water out in the open streets, parks and gardens, all over the world.
In India, everyone is out on the open streets, playing music and drums, singing and dancing, whilst colour and water is thrown in all directions. Everyone, even strangers, take part in the fun, with some also using water guns and balloons. It is a wonderful festival which bridges any social gap and brings everyone together.
If you decide to take part in this messy fun, be sure to wear suitable attire, as you will undoubtedly get wet and stain your clothes - for this part of the day, wearing old clothes is advised.
However, this barbaric play is usually followed by a calm time with friends and family where you finally have a chance to dress up, as you should during a festival. If you are spending the evening with the family, then a simple but vibrant anarkali or salwar would be appropriate. But if you are continuing the celebration with friends a chic dress will be perfect!