Holi Festival in Nepal 2022 (the festival of colours)

  • Jan 10, 2022
  • Ram Kumar Adhikari
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Holi is a joyful festival celebrating the victory of good over evil. This festival usually falls in the month of February or March as per the English calendar and in the month of Falgun as per the Nepali Calendar.

During the Holi festival, people forget everything and get together to celebrate the festival of colours, there is no caste or religion, they just want to enjoy the moment of Holi. This is how Holi brings caste and religion together in peace and harmony. It is certain that this year's Holi festival will fall on 17th and 18th March 2022. Take some time out to experience the most colourful festival with the locals. 

Holi festival colours in Nepal

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About Holi: the Festival of Colours in Nepal

Holi is the most popular spring festival celebrated in Nepal which is also called the festival of colours or the festival of peace, love and friendship. The joyous festival marks the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, the end of winter, and is a day of celebration for many people to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and mend broken relationships. This festival usually falls in the month of Falgun (as per the Nepali calendar). People of the Terai region celebrate Holi with joy and celebration a day later than people of the hilly region and urban cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Girls are enjoying colours in Nepal

Holi is also known as Fagu, which means holy red powder. It is celebrated on a full moon day, called Phagu Purnima, which involves playing with different colours. In the Terai region, it is celebrated for a week. However, it is only the last day that everyone celebrates with colours. People can be seen roaming the streets either on foot or on some vehicles, with a variety of colours smeared over their faces and body. 

During this festival, family members and friends get together and celebrate the occasion with great pomp. It is also an explosion of youthful enthusiasm throwing colour and water balloons (sometimes with coloured water) at each other.

A lady tourist enjoy getting a colours from Nepali man

There is a traditional belief behind celebrating Holi. The festival of Holi comes from the name of a mythological demon Holika. The myth about Holi reveals that Holika and Hiranyakashipu were sister and brother. Hiranyakashipu had a son named Prahlad. He was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. However, Hiranyakashipu was an atheist king and planned to kill his son Pralhad. He sought help from his sister Holika. But his efforts always failed as Lord Vishnu protected Prahlad.

Holika was blessed by Lord Brahma to be harmless from fire. So she planned to kill Prahlad in the fire. She jumped into the fire with Prahlad but Brahma's blessings could only be used for good purposes. So Holika got burnt in the fire while Prahlad was saved by the grace of God. Thus, Holi is said to be celebrated to rejoice Holika's death.

A Hindu girl surrounded with the Holi colours

According to another ancient legend, from the Puranas and the Bhagavad Gita, Kansa sent a female demon named Putana to kill his nephew Lord Krishna. Putna went to Vrindavan taking the form of a nurse. The child Shri Krishna grew up there. She tried to breastfeed him with her poisoned milk but the attempt failed and she died. Her body was burnt on the night of Holi. So some people consider Holi as the festival of fire.

A man from Nepal on the Holi Festival

Holi is a time of fun and frolic for all. It is the time when one forgets worldly worries and enjoys finer things in life. So, you are highly recommended to participate in this lively colour festival. That kind of laughter and comfort will surely take you back to your childhood. There is no need to worry about appearance and purity, and you can be as naughty as you want. In the meantime, you are better off wearing a white T-shirt because it looks especially beautiful after it's been dyed. And you can also leave coloured fingerprints on it as a memorial. This must be the best gift for your Nepal visit.

A cute girl on the Holi Festival in Nepal

What to wear at Holi Festival?

01) White T-shirt, cheap pants and slippers are highly recommended. After the celebration, you can either throw them or keep them as Holi mementoes.
02)  It is suggested to have a raincoat for the camera. Or the easiest way is to cover it tightly with plastic wrap.
03) Facial cleansers and shampoos are essential to clean off the paint.
04) If you want to witness this colourful festival, then the tour around Kathmandu Durbar Square is the best place for photography.

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