Holi, also known as Festival of Colors, is one of the most popular festivals in Nepal. It takes place on the full moon day in Nepali Fagu month (February to March in Solar Calendar) and lasts for 2 days. This festival was held from March 28 to 29, 2021, Following Dashain and Tihar Festival, Holi is celebrated for the victory of good over evil and the coming of spring. During this colorful festival, Nepalese and foreign tourists will throw each other with dry powder and colored water to express their sincere blessings and good wishes.
Holi, also known as Festival of Colors, is one of the most popular festivals in Nepal. It takes place on the full moon day in Nepali Fagu month (February to March in Solar Calendar) and lasts for 2 days. This festival was held from March 28 to 29, 2021, Following Dashain and Tihar Festival, Holi is celebrated for the victory of good over evil and the coming of spring. During this holi festival, Nepalese and foreign tourists will throw each other with dry powder ,colored water, dancing and singings to express their sincere blessings and good wishes.
Background About of Holi Festivals , Nepal Water Festival
The origin of about Holi Festival can be traced back to the “Mahabharata”, Indian famous epic. According to the legend, King Hiranyakashipu was so arrogant and didn’t allow people to worship Lord Vishnu. However, Prince Prahlada was an ardent devotee of Vishnu and openly opposed his father. This enraged Hiranyakashipu. Since then, the king ordered his sister Holika to burn the prince on the full moon night. Under the blessing of God Vishnu, Prahlada was unscathed while Holika was burned into ashes. When the prince walked out of the fire, people sprinkled him with colorful water to express the praise of goodness and hatred of evil.
Traditions of Nepal Holi Festival
Neapli has a special ceremony for erecting a wood pole. On this day, Nepali women dress in beautiful Sari with auspicious things in hand, and then circle around the pole to pray for the blessings. Durbar Square in Kathmandu and the surrounding streets turn into a sea of waters, colors and music. And you’ll have the chance to see the most prestigious singers performing on the stage. On the eighth day, the festival comes to an end with Holi bonfire.
Holi, one of the most important festivals in Hinduism in Nepal, is mainly celebrated at India, Nepal and other Indian and others Hindus country in the world. However, as for the best place to experience Holi, Kathmandu will never let you down!
That day 90% shop and store are closed in Kathmandu. The whole Kathmandu valley is immersed in the festival atmosphere. Whether people know each other or not, they’ll be sprayed with Holi powder and colorful water. Some will get a gentle touch, some will across a heavy splash and others will be chased by colored water balloons. In any case, please don’t be angry. This is a kind of festive blessing others day they they cannot do that
In the square, Nepal’s and visitors totally indulge in singing, dancing and sprinkling varieties of powders and waters. Everyone’s face is filled with festive joy. Even the air turns to be colorful. At this moment, cameras, mobile phones and self sticks have become the essential tools to record your happy Holi.
1. Normally White T-shirts, cheap pants and slippers are highly recommended. After the carnival, you can either throw them away or keep them as Holi souvenirs.
2. it’s suggested to prepare a raincoat for the camera. And the easiest way is to cover it tightly with plastic wraps otherwise water and color go inside camera
3. Facial cleanser and shampoo are the essentials to clean off the paints.
4. If you just want to observe this colorful festival, the steps of the temples around Durbar Square and tourist area are the best spots for photography
Colorful Holi Festival In Nepal