What is Holi Festival about?

Holi festival is a Hindu spring festival celebrated in the Indian subcontinent, also known as the festival of colours. Holi 2018 will begin in the evening of Thursday, 1st March and ends in the evening of Friday, 2nd March. Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival that has become incredibly popular all around the world with both Hindus and non-Hindus, giving us all a chance to celebrate love and colours. Holi festival is a very important celebration for Indian culture and therefore it is a very exciting time for us at Kohinoor Joy. See how we celebrated Holi festival last year by clicking here.

Why is it celebrated?

Holi festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring and the end of winter. It originates from Indian mythology, the legend of Krishna and Radha. Krishna fell in love with the goddess Radha but was worried about the differences in their skin colour. Advised by his mother to paint his face Krishna painted himself to change his blue skin colour. The tradition is carried out today with lovers ensuring that there face paint matches with there partners.

How is it celebrated?

The coloured powder known as gulal is thrown on the second day of the festival inspired by the legend of Krishna. The colours represent how Krishna and Radhas love overcame the ever-appearing issues of colour, age and social status. The colours too represent the coming of spring and the array of colours that are going to be brought to nature.

There are four main colours used at Holi festival all with there own unique symbolism:

  • Red is used to reflect love and fertility
  • Blue represents the colour of Krisha
  • Yellow is the colour of turmeric
  • Green symbolises the coming of spring and new beginnings.

If you’re heading to the famous festival of colours then don’t forget to moisturise your skin and oil your hair. This will make it easy after all of the fun to wash away the paint.