27 March 2013

Festivals of India - Holi



Wishing you all a very Happy Holi !!

Holi – The Festival of Colors


Holi is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus as a festival of colours.It is primarily observed in India and Nepal. It is also observed by the minority Hindus in Bangladesh and Pakistan as well in countries with large Indian populations following Hinduism, such as Suriname, Malaysia, Guyana, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, the United States, Mauritius, and Fiji.

Holi is also known as Phagwah , Festival of Colours, or Doḷajātra  in Odisha, and as Dol Jatra  or Basantotsav ("spring festival")  in West Bengal and Assam. Holi is of particular significance in the Braj region, which includes locations traditionally connected to the Lord Krishna: Mathura, Vrindavan ,Nandagaon, and Barsana, which become tourist destinations during the season of Holi.As per the Hindu calendar, Holi is celebrated on the Phalgun Purnima which comes in February or March in the Gregorian Calendar.

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