Year of 2017

A Holi festival in Washington, DC

The ancient Hindu spring festival known as Holi will find revelers caked in colorful powder by the end of the day. Still celebrated with enthusiasm across India and Nepal, Holi has spread across the globe, both in Hindu populations abroad and in wider, welcoming celebrations for anyone interested in participating. At most Holi fests, such as this one in Washington, DC, you’re encouraged to wear white, with the understanding that you’ll leave looking like you slept in a rainbow.

Holi is a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal, also known as the “festival of colours” or the “festival of love”. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. It is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest. It lasts for two days starting on the Purnima falling in the Vikram Samvat Hindu Calendar month of Phalgun, which falls somewhere between the end of February and the middle of March in the Gregorian calendar. The first day is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi and the second as Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi or Dhulivandan.