Holi Date in the current year: March 23, 2016

Holi Holi is an ancient Hindu spring festival also known as the festival of colors. It is celebrated on the full moon of the month of Phalguna and usually falls on March (sometimes February) in the Gregorian calendar. Holi is a public holiday in some countries with significant population of Hindus.

On the eve of the holiday, people gather around the Holika bonfire, sing and dance. The bonfire symbolizes the death of Holika, a demoness who was burnt with the help of Vishnu, and the victory of good over evil. The feast of Holi actually got its name from Holika.

In the morning, the festival of colors begins. Participants chase and color each other with colored powder. Some people carry water guns and spray each other with colored water. Color fights occur in the streets, parks, outside temples. Celebration also includes singing, dancing, drinking, eating holiday delicacies and exchanging sweets with friends and relatives.

For Hindus, Holi is also the day to forget and forgive. On this day, they ask for forgiveness, end conflicts and reconcile, pay or forgive debts and rid themselves of past errors.

Despite the religious nature of the holiday, there is no tradition of praying, the day is set aside for pure enjoyment and partying. In recent years, Holi has become popular with non-Hindus because of its colorfulness. People of different denominations enjoy it as a spring celebration of love and frolic.

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