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Holi India 2023 – Celebrate the Festival of Colors

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Holi Festival in India is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Also known as the Festival of Colors, this Hindu festival has been happening since ancient times and takes place all across India. Revelers throw colored powder to celebrate the triumph of good over evil and the arrival of spring. This popular Indian festival is observed on the full moon day of the Hindu lunar month which usually falls during March. In 2023, it is happening on March 8. This is a joyous time when people come together to forget their differences, forgive past grievances, and celebrate the joy of life.

When is Holi India Celebrated in 2023?

Incredible images from Holi

In 2023 the Holi happens on March 7 and March 8. The main celebrations of the throwing of colors take place on Wed, Mar 8, 2023, while the ritual bonfires of Holika Dahan happen on March 7. The dates of Holi celebrations change every year because Holi is celebrated on full moon day of the Hindu calendar month of Phalguna (March). This day marks the beginning of Spring.

How Long is Holi Celebrated?

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Holi lasts for two days beginning with Holika Dahan also known as Chhoti Holi or Little Holi which is the festival of bonfires. Day 2 is the day of throwing colors beginning early in the early morning.

However, we noticed that the Holi festival celebration was extended several days beforehand. During our time at the Holi festival in India, the colored powder and water were being spread in full force four days in advance with music blaring and people dancing in the streets.

What is Holi Festival?

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Holi Festival is known as the festival of colors as the festival celebrates love and joy by throwing colored water and powder. Powders are smeared across faces and by the end of day, everyone is covered with bright powdery pastes.

During the day of Holi in India, it doesn’t matter what your caste, creed, or religion is as everyone looks the same. On this day, the Indian people come together as one as they throw colored powder and water through the air. When everyone is covered with the colors of the rainbow, their skin, hair, and clothing look the same creating a feeling of inclusiveness. It doesn’t matter where you are from or what caste you were born into, everyone is equal.

The Bonfire of Holika Dahan

holi festivals begin with Holika Dahan

Holika Dahan happens on the eve of Holi. For several days leading up to the Holi festival, people gather wood to perform religious rituals, making large bonfires that are lit on the first evening of Holi….

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