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Holi (; Holī) is a Hindu spring festival in India and Nepal, also known as the festival of colours or the festival of sharing love. Holi is a two-day festival which starts on the Purnima (Full Moon day) falling in the Bikram Sambat Hindu Calendar month of Falgun, which falls somewhere between the end of February and the middle of March in the Gregorian calendar. The first day is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi and the second as Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi or Dhulivandan.

It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia.

It is primarily observed in India, Nepal, and other regions of the world with significant populations of Hindus or people of Indian origin and Nepalese diaspora. In recent years the festival has spread to parts of Europe and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic, and colours.

Holi celebrations start on the night before Holi with a Holika bonfire where people gather, do religious rituals in front of the bonfire, and pray that their internal evil should be destroyed as the bonfire starts. The next morning is celebrated as Rangwali Holi - a free-for-all carnival of colours, where participants play, chase and colour each other with dry powder and coloured water, with some carrying water guns and coloured water-filled balloons for their water fight. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. The frolic and fight with colours occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and other musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People visit family, friends and foes to throw coloured powders on each other, laugh and gossip, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks. Some drinks are intoxicating. For example, bhang, an intoxicating ingredient made from cannabis leaves, is mixed into drinks and sweets and consumed by many. In the evening, after sobering up, people dress up and visit friends and family.

Holi is celebrated at the approach of the vernal equinox, on the Phalguna Purnima (Full Moon). The festival date, which is determined by the Hindu calendar, varies from year to year on the Gregorian calendar, typically coming in March, sometimes in February. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships, and is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest.

Holi (1984 film)

Holi is a 1984 Indian coming of age drama film directed by Ketan Mehta, whose socially conscious work has been compared to American director Spike Lee. It is based on eponymous play by Marathi writer, Mahesh Elkunchwar. The film starred Aamir Khan, Ashutosh Gowariker, Om Puri, Shreeram Lagoo, Deepti Naval and Naseeruddin Shah.

Holi (1999 film)

Holi is a 1999 Indian Malayalam film, directed by TN Vasanth Kumar.

Holi (disambiguation)

Holi is a spring festival, also known as the festival of colours or the festival of love.

Holi may also refer to:

  • Holi (1984 film), an Indian coming of age drama film directed by Ketan Mehta
  • Holi (1999 film), an Indian Malayalam film, directed by TN Vasanth Kumar
  • Holi (singer), alias of Akiko Kobayashi, Japanese singer, songwriter, composer and arranger
Holi (1940 film)

Holi (Festival Of Colour) is a 1940 Hindi/ Urdu social drama film directed by A. R. Kardar. Holi was produced by Ranjit Movietone and had music composed by Khemchand Prakash with lyrics by D. N. Madhok. It had Khursheed and Motilal starring in the lead with Sitara Devi, Ishwarlal, Keshavrao Date, Dixit, Ghory and Manohar Kapoor.

With two love stories as a format, the film pits the rich against the poor, in the shape of two pairs of lovers; a poor-girl-rich-boy, and a rich-boy-poor-girl. The film showed Motilal as a villain who reforms through the love of Kokila, played by Khursheed.

Usage examples of "holi".

The Great Lady Holi and Sati were still seated before him, quietly, their hands in their laps.

So, this morning, just before your arrival, he instructed me to take you to Great Lady Holi this evening, after we were finished.

As I told you, Great Lady Holi is extremely sensitive concerning her personal safety.

The Great Lady Holi seemed even more distant, especially when Sanga met her eyes.

But he could not help that pang, thinking of this young woman as—whatever Holi was.

So, this morning, just ­before your arrival, he instructed me to take you to Great Lady Holi this evening, after we were finished.

Hesitated, their eyes flashing back and forth between Holi and Jivita.

So relieved, in fact, that he did not wonder for more than an instant why Great Lady Holi had referred to the man Belisarius as "it.

Throughout the horror which followed, the creature named Great Lady Holi sat motionless upon its throne.

But he could not help that pang, thinking of this young woman as—whatever Holi was.

It had taken the form of Great Lady Holi, the aunt of the Malwa emperor.

The Malwa lord, in Sanga's presence, did not bother with the fiction that Great Lady Holi was simply accompanying the Malwa Empire's main force in Mesopotamia.