Posted on 06/03/2017

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Where to celebrate Holi all over the world

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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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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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Starting the celebrations with a bonfire on the beach, singing, dancing and folk songs, the Holi festivities take over this tropical island with a lot of enthusiasm, and of course, drench it in coloured water.



In Nepal, Holi lasts for a week as family and friends get together and fill the streets to have fun and smear everyone in colour. Watch out for one specific Nepalese tradition during Holi, where huge crowds throw water-balloons called "lolas" at each other.


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The celebrations in Pakistan are not quite as dazzling and extravagant as in India, but people still gather to dance, hand out traditional sweets and play with colours and it is often custom to gather in temples in cities such as Lahore and Sindh.

South Africa

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South Africa celebrates Holi with two huge festivals, "Holi One" in Cape Town and "We are One" in Johannesburg. The events aim to bring together the vivid culture of Holi with music and colour.


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Celebrated more for the incoming of summer than spring, a huge Festival of Colours takes place in Wembley Park in London for a day of colour-filled, water-splashed fun.


Ibiza ©Pavel Kibenko /123RF

The hippy island joins in with the Holi fun with an annual "Holi Garden Festival", where people to come together to dance and throw colours, promoting happiness, joy and life.


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Berlin, Munich, Dresden and Hannover all hold Holi festivals which are attended by over 25,000 people. The biggest is held at "Metaxa Beach Bar" in Berlin which adds an artistic and musical twist to the traditional Hindu festivities with DJs, dancers and acrobats.

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."