The Bucketlist: Holi!

Holi festival of colours Today at Love Home Swap, we are bringing to you our very own bucket list. Week by week we will be documenting our top picks of the most incredible sites, outrageous exploits and frivolous festivals from across the globe....

Holi festival of colours

Today at Love Home Swap, we are bringing to you our very own bucket list. Week by week we will be documenting our top picks of the most incredible sites, outrageous exploits and frivolous festivals from across the globe. Whether it's running with 'el toros' in Spain, trekking up Kilimanjaro or simply spending time in paradise, the bucket list will undoubtedly get you itching for adventure. Today we kick off with..

India: Holi, Festival of colour.

Holi, also named Phagwa and originally known as Holika, is the India festival of Colours and stems from an ancient story in the Hindu religion from a legend of Radha and Krishna. It is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Palguna and makes the start of spring.

Normally falling on the last weekend in March or early April, Holi involves a lot of paint, a lot of colour and a lot of mess. In the evening of the celebrations, bonfires are lit to burn and banish evil spirits and the demon 'Holika', this is known as Holika Dahan. The festivities are a blur of colour, heat and laughter!

Where to celebrate:

You will find exuberant and frivolous celebration across the entirety of India, streets, buildings and faces will be stained with bright colours of powdered paints, but there are six locations across the country where festivities are at their most exuberant. Mathura and Vrindavan, Dehli, Shantiniketan, West Bengal, Purulia, West Bengal, Jaipur (Arguably the most exciting as the celebrations are kicked off with an elephant festival) and Banswara. Avoid South India if you are looking for fun and excitement as these areas celebrate in a much more subdued tone, focusing more on temple rites and religious aspects.

For more information about the festival, click here.

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