Holi Festival is of the most colorful festivals of Nepal, it is celebrated during the spring time which marks the welcoming of the spring time and the triumph of good over evil. According to Hindu mythology, on this day, the evil Holika died and it also marks some auspicious times in the Hindu Myth. Popularly known as the festival of colors this is a national holiday in Nepal. In Terai it is celebrated for almost two days. The festival is celebrated with colors, water, sweets and good music. People put on color to each other as a symbol of exchanging love, dance and drink bhang a traditional drink made from Marijuana; which is also mixed in many sweets that people eat during the festival. The festival of holi begins a day early by burning campfires.
In Nepal, Holi is one of the most celebrated festivals when people come out on streets covered up in colors and soaked up in water, the festival witnesses a joyous participation of the children, youths and even the adults. People usually don a white clothe mainly for the event and play with the dried color powder and smear it on each other’s faces. The festival is purely set aside for fun and a good time and unlike other Hindu festivals does not require any special prayers and rites.
If you are looking forward to celebrate Holi, then it’s advised to get out and see the scenario yourself. Some of the best places to go visit during Holi would be, the streets of Basantapur Durbar Square, Durbarmarg and Thamel in Kathmandu, the area around Lakeside in Pokhara while Terai has its own unique style of celebrations that varies according to the geography of the place, Kathmandu nevertheless is most of the tourists’ and foreigner’s favorite spot to explore the festival of Holi as a whole. The actual day of celebrating the festival varies from year-to-year and is determined by the approach of the full moon before the spring equinox. Holi falls a day earlier in Nepal and in hilly regions of Nepal than the Terai region and India.
Nepal sees a lot of visitors each year on this day to celebrate the festival along with the locals, who are very welcoming and hospitable. Overall, if you plan on visiting Nepal around the festival you will get to celebrate something very unique and extra ordinary. It’s best advisable to come a week earlier than the day of festival beginning with some sightseeing around the city’s heritages and locations.
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