Holi Festival in Goa

Holi Festival in Goa

This year, Holi takes place in Goa on the 2 March 2018, as it’s the last full moon of the Hindu lunar month, Phalguna. The festival itself dates back as far as the 4th century, and is predominantly the celebration of good conquering evil, but is also a celebration to mark the end of winter, the beginning of spring, the harvest and also love and fertility. Holi takes its origins from Indian mythology, namely the legend of Krishna and Radha. Holi is celebrated all over India, and in Goa, you’ll find the most exuberant festivities at the temples in the south of the state. The night before the full moon, people gather to light bonfires, signifying a burning away of evil in preparation to welcome a new beginning at spring time. The next day people come out (often dressed in white) to play Holi. Dry colours, water balloons, washable dyes, pitchkaris are used. Very often people wish each other ‘Happy Holi’ whilst stroking colour onto each other’s faces, The coloured paint and water that’s used during the event usually adopts four main colours (although you’ll find plenty others too) green, symbolising the beginning of spring, blue, the colour of Krishna, red, for love and fertility and yellow, the colour of turmeric. People spend the day smearing the coloured powder all over each other’s faces, throwing coloured water at each other, having parties, and dancing under water sprinklers. One of the best things about Holi festival is that everyone is invited to join in, whether of Hindu faith or not.  Although Holi celebrations are enjoyed across the world, there’s nothing quite like being in the country where it all started, especially seeing as March is a fantastic time to visit Goa.

 

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