Holi/Dol 2018 - Festival of Colours
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Holi/Dol
17 Phalgun 1424 (2nd March 2018)

The festival of colours, Holi is celebrated in the month of Phalgun. It falls on the full moon day. The festival of Holi encompasses two days of celebrations during which people throw gulal on each other, sing and dance to the beat of dholak and enjoy a variety of sweets and other delicious food.

In the cities of Mathura and Vrindavan, where it is believed that Lord Krishna played Holi with the Gopis, Holi is celebrated with great ardour.

The first day of Holi signifies the destruction of Putana by the infant Krishna. During the second day of Holi, people smeargulal on each other. In some households the children are given Makhanas, dried fruits and sweets. A huge bonfire is made and people worship it and go around the fire. People also roast green barley in it.

Apart from the celebrations and festivities, Holi also signifies the destruction of all evil. In the evening people visit friends and relatives to exchange gifts.