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Where to celebrate Holi all over the world
Posted on 06/03/2017

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Bringing people together from all walks of life, the vibrant Holi Festival of Colours is an annual celebration to welcome in spring. The colourful festival is originally from India, but has followed its population as they relocate all over the world and you'll now find spectacular celebrations closer to home than you might think.

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  • India
    India

    As the home and birthplace Holi traditions, there are hundreds of celebrations and festivals all over India that can last up to a fortnight. Colours are to be found in every corner of most cities and regions, so there's no chance of missing out. If you can't reach India in March, Mumbai also hosts the "Colour Festival" in August.

  • USA
    USA

    From the "Life in Colour" festival in Florida, to the "Coloriam" music festival in Texas, to the Los Angeles "Colour Throws", America relishes the Holi festivities bringing together colour, music, dances and food.

  • Australia
    Australia

    Melbourne hosts the largest Festival of Colours in Australia, with thousands getting lost beneath a cloud of colourful powders, but there are also many more spread across the country as people come together to celebrate.

  • Bangladesh
    Bangladesh

    Members of the Muslim community join their Hindu neighbours to celebrate in true Holi style with water and colours - particularly university and college students in Dhaka, the capital, who sing, dance and enjoy themselves together.

  • Canada
    Canada

    Being a country with a large Indian population, Holi in Canada is a big deal. In 2016 the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa staged its first Holi celebrations, to celebrate the traditional notion of the triumph of good over evil.

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Holi is traditionally a Hindu festival, otherwise known as the Festival of Colour, taking place over two days to mark the arrival of spring. The tradition celebrates fertility, colour, and also the triumph of good against evil.

Holi originally came from a mythical Hindu story of love between Radha and Krishna where they colourfully painted each other's faces. This happy tale has now created the raucous, fun Holi festivities that are celebrated today, where people throw colourful powders and paints over each other, all whilst drenching themselves in water.

Holi is seen as a time for people, despite ethnicities, to come together in joyful spirits to bring in the spring season. Timed to sync with the moon, the date varies every year but this year begins on March 12.

Holi originally came from the Braj region of northern India, slowly spreading to many places across India and Nepal, but now people take part in Holi all around the world.

The Festival of Colours is an international affair that spreads across around 16 countries and it is said that this one day in the year has the "power to leave behind memories to rejoice and fill colour in your life."

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