Holi – one of the major festivals in Nepal is known for the beautiful color game. It is the festival of colors that is also celebrated in India. Holi is celebrated for the propose of bringing color and peace in life. It is known to observe good over evil. Here is everything about Holi in Nepal – Celebrating the festival of Colors.
Holi in Nepal is celebrated in every Purnima (Full Moon Day) of Nepalese month Falgun. It falls somewhere between February and the middle of March. Holi is also known as Falgu Purnima or Holika Dahan in some places.
Basically, it denotes the start of the Spring season. In recent years, Holi is not just celebrated by the Nepalese but thousands of tourists celebrate it together. After all, the colors and waters make it an interesting festival.
Origin of Holi
According to Hindus Myth, the beginning of Holi is based on King Hiranyakashipu. King Hiranyakashipu had a son, Prahlad who was the great devotee of Lord Bishnu. But the father Hiranyakashipu didn’t worship Lord Bishnu. So he wanted to kill his son Prahlad and so asked his sister Holika to kill him.
Hiranyakashyap ordered Holika to sit on a burning fire ( fire couldn’t harm Holika) along with Prahlad. But instead of Prahlad, the fire burnt Holika. Prahlad was left alive and harmless. After that day, Holi was celebrated by Hindus around the world.
Traditions of Holi in Nepal
The way Nepalese celebrate Holi in Nepal is different from the celebration by Indians. Nepalese has a special Holi ceremony for erecting a wood pole. Nepali women get dressed in their traditional clothes and then circle around the wood pole to pray for the blessings with auspicious things in hand.
The streets and the surrounding streets turn into a sea of colors, waters, and music. And you’ll also get the chance to witness the concert of prestigious singers.
Holi is celebrated for a week and on the eighth day, it ends with the Holi bonfire. But in Kathmandu, it is celebrated only for a day.
How to Participate in Holi
You’re recommended to be part of this lively water fight. It will be the chance of laughter and relaxation that you bring you back to your childhood. You don’t need to worry about cleanness and appearance and you can be as naughty as you want.
Tips for Nepal Holi Festival
- Get the white T-shirts along with cheap pants and slippers for the festival day. After the festival is over you can either keep them as Holi souvenirs or throw the t-shirt away.
- Get a raincoat for the camera or cover it tightly with plastic wraps.
- You will need a facial cleanser and shampoo to clean off the paints.
- If you just want to observe and participate in this colorful festival, roam around the temples around Durbar Square.