27 Interesting Facts About Holi

Last updated on May 5th, 2018

14. It is a national festival in India and people from all the states celebrate it.

15. The festival of Holi is celebrated by Hindus all over the world. People of Nepali origin also celebrate it in different parts of the world. With every passing year, the festival is being welcomed across the world in many forms and people find great relief and satisfaction celebrating it with their friends and family.

16. The festival starts on the night before Holi when people gather and start a bonfire. The bonfire is lit up between 8 pm and midnight. People gather around the fire to watch it while eating their favorite food items, and talk with friends.

Holi bonfire during 2016
Bonfire during Holi 2016. Image credit – Belur Math

17. The Holika bonfire is a place where people gather and do their religious rituals. People during their religious rituals ask for forgiveness from the god and pray that their evil should come to an end.

18. The second day of the festival of Holi which is also referred as “Rangwali Holi” is the main day when people play with wet and dry colors. People chase each other in an attempt to color one another.

How people connect and interact during the festival?

19. Water is a big part of the event as many people use water balloons and engage in interesting water fights with their family and friends. A lot of different colors are involved and it’s a great time for everyone as every one irrespective of their age participates.

20. People generally tend to gather and celebrate this festival in open as it provides a suitable environment for the use of colors and water.

21. Sweets, food and drinks are also shared during the festival.

22. Beware of this drink: Holi is also popular for the consumption of an intoxicating article – Bhang. This ingredient is mixed into drinks and sweets and is largely consumed by many during the festival. Bhang is made from cannabis leaves.

23. Holi is a festival of fun and colors for children. Children of all age groups gather and celebrate the festival with oneness and vigor. They throw dry colors and wet colored liquids on each other and family member.

Holi celebrations in India
People celebrating Holi in India. Image credit – Harsha K R

The significance of the festival

24. The delightful festival of Holi signifies the victory of good over evil. It also marks the end of winter season and welcomes the spring.

25. Good for bonding: The festival of Holi, like Diwali, is a significant one in India and Nepal. It is a great occasion for people from different religious communities, castes, colors and creeds to come together and strengthen their bonds, and also repair their broken relationships.

26. The festival of Holi is a two-day festival.

27. The Holi also marks the demise of “Putana” who tried to kill Lord Krishna.

Different names of Holi in various states of India: Uttar Pradesh – Lathmar Holi; Uttarakhand – Khadi Holi; Punjab – Hola Mohalla; West Bengal – Basant Utsav and Dol Jatra; Goa – Shigmo; Manipur – Yaosang; Kerala – Manjal Kuli; Bihar – Phaguwa; Assam – Phakuwah; Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh – Rang Panchami; Rajasthan – Royal Holi.