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Holi hai! Ready to embrace and share all the colors?

The most colorful festival on the planet is a religious celebration that commemorates the arrival of spring, love, and the triumph of good over evil. But it’s also a time to have a lot of fun! Dance, sing, and splatter colored water and paint all over the place to celebrate the festival of colors! Show more

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Embrace all the colors and shades of Holi with these designs


Festivities rely on traditions, events, and symbols. Let’s learn more about the Symbols of Holi!

Holi Color Palette

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Splashes of Violet and Purple!

Purple, known as Blue violet, is a color that is very much present in Hinduism and religious festivities all across India. Particularly in Hinduism, the violet color is used as a symbol for the Sahasrara chakra, the seventh and highest chakra. In Hinduism, purple is associated with a feeling of unity with God, peace, and wisdom. Lotus flowers are used to represent purity and rebirth in Buddhism, but as they change color, their meanings slightly change as well. The mystic lotus, a purple lotus flower, symbolizes all of Buddha’s virtues when it is fully developed. When depicted as a bud, it represents the heart and soul just before enlightenment.

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Exuding fire and passion, the color Red

A rather likeable color from the neutral family is Radical Red. A very emblematic and symbolic color in Hinduism, red represents love, commitment, strength and bravery. It is often associated with women and femininity as it is connected to Durga, a warrior goddess who symbolizes power and strength, enhancing her fiery image with a red tongue and nearly ruby-red eyes. The red vermilion is also used as a ritual mark while greeting guests or family members at a festival or into when joining your home. The red tilaka, a ceremonial mark worn on the forehead, is also a symbol of blessing from an elderly to a youngster and is part of other family traditions. During Holi, be ready to be splashed with red all over!

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Breathing in and staring into the blue

The sight of blue tones and shades has a calming and soothing effect like nothing else. The Deep Sky Blue is one of the most strong and common colors in Hinduism. It is intended to represent the infinite and the immeasurable, like the apparent endlessness of the sea and sky, and is found in the skin of the most extraordinary gods and goddesses, including Vishnu, Krishna, and Shiva. Blue is also the color of absolution because it embodies many of the traits of these well-known deities, including courage, goodness, resolve, and protection. During the days of Holi, get ready to enjoy a lot of blue hues and shades!

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A Burst of Green! Peace and Harmony

Nothing feels more energizing and fresh than a fresh explosion of green! This is a pear green color that stands for the many wonders of nature, happiness, and the start of spring. Being closely related to harmony, peace, harvest, and growth, it acts as a gentle reminder of new beginnings in Nature — and its nourishing qualities — as well as in our own families and selves. In Hinduism, the color green is heavily linked to Prince Rama, a manifestation of Vishnu who spent the majority of his life in exile in the heart of forests. During Holi, many married women wear green saris and bracelets in his honor throughout central India.

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Victory! Yellow, the color of prosperity

Dark Tangerine, is a very appealing neutral color, and it is also very symbolic and sacred. Yellow is a color used in many religious and social ceremonies throughout India. Made from turmeric powder, it is considered an extremely effective repellent with antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It was most likely the yellow powder’s antiseptic properties that encouraged the application of turmeric paste on or near the front door of Indian homes in the past, a long-lasting tradition for protection. In Hinduism, yellow is the color of Lord Vishnu, and it represents victory, purity, prosperity, and opulence. When you see an image of Vishnu, he’s always dressed in yellow clothing, which made all folk dress in yellow as a way to manifest and attract wealth and abundance for their family and life.


Blazing colors and traditions

India captivates travelers with its vibrant colors, traditions, and flavors. During the Holi festivities, it becomes an explosion of paint and pigments! Holi, also known as the Festival of Spring, the Festival of Colors, or the Festival of Love, takes place following the Purnima Phalgun, the full month of the twelfth Hindu month, which matches up with March/April in the Gregorian calendar. The evening of the full moon is known as Holika Dahan, where pyres and bonfires are lit to celebrate the upcoming celebrations, leave behind bad energies, and reconcile with our loved ones. Let’s learn more about the Holi festival and its roots here.

The origin of Holi

Fire and devotion

Like all great tales, there was an evil king named Hiranyakashipu, which means “clothed in gold”. The king tried to kill his own son, Prahlada, for not worshiping him and instead worshiped the god Vishnu. The king came up with a plan to end his son's life. He convinced his sister, Holika, who could withstand a blazing fire thanks to a boon, to lure Prahlada and enter a burning pyre with her. The legend has it that Holika had to pay the price for her sinister aspirations with her life, as she had no idea that the boon only worked by entering the fire alone. Prahlada, who kept chanting the name of Vishnu all the while, emerged unscathed, as he was blessed by his extreme devotion. Thus, Holi gets its name from Holika and is celebrated as a festival of good triumphing over evil. The night before Holi, in North India, Nepal, and some regions of South India, people share pieces of wood for the Holika bonfire and pyres that represent this myth.

Sailing and discoveries

Traveling in the Eighteenth Century

Back in the eighteenth century, a journey from England to India would take approximately six months to Bombay, but then you may have another three or four months of travel before arriving at your final destination. When European ships first sailed around Africa and into South Asia, they opened up a new transoceanic route for a wide range of travelers. From this time period, many illustrations and representations of the Holi festival were brought back to England by travelers shocked at the colorful and vividness of the celebrations held, sparking a tremendous interest in the Hindu culture and traditions.

Holi takes over the world!

The expansion of colors

Colors can be found all around us, as well as celebrations for the end of winter and embracing the new spring and well-deserved love. That’s why the Holi festival has no boundaries and is welcomed by many cultures and countries with open arms. The festival takes us away from our daily routines and duties by splashing them with bright colors and laughter. In the States, the Indian community celebrates Holi with enthusiasm and care, accompanied by street music, drinks, and delicious food! Spectacular Holi events can be found in cities like Kathmandu, Melbourne, Fiji, Pakistan, Leicester, Madrid or even São Paulo. Many more can be found in smaller cities, so what are you waiting for?

The ABC of the Holi festival

Enjoying the celebration

Enjoying a cultural festive with respect is part of the fun! Consequently, it’s important to grasp and comprehend the names and meanings behind Holi. The first day of the celebration is the Holika Dahan or Choti Holi, bonfires are lit. The next and second of Holi is known as Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi or Dhulivandan. On this day, color paint and water fill all the streets, along with delicious food and drink. Speaking of food, it’s tough not being starved after all the color-throwing and running around! Take a break and enjoy some gujiya! A sweet dumpling that families make at home, consisting of dry fruits, suji and sweet khoa. So tasty!


Breathtaking Colors, Happiness, and Fun Around the World — Where to Celebrate and Enjoy the Holi Festival

India is the heart and soul of the Holi festival, having witnessed its growth and evolution over the years and seeing how cities and countries all over the world have warmly welcomed it. The Holi tradition has been adopted by places all over Asia and South Asia, in countries like Nepal or Indonesia, each with their own twists and peculiarities. Except that the celebration has spread everywhere! Large festivals are held in both the United Kingdom and the United States. Do you want to know more about these festivities?


India is a place where color is doubly bright, with pinks that scald your eyes and blues you could drown in. India, “the birthplace of Holi”, commemorates the triumph of good over evil. Although it is a Hindu festival, it is quite popular among non-Hindus. The Holi festival is celebrated across India, with different traditions in each region. Holi festivities are generally more lively in North India, particularly in the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra, compared to the Southern part of India, which is more focused on religious and temple rituals. Nonetheless, Holi is celebrated in every little corner of these cities. On the morning of the festival, people in Delhi lead a massive carnival where the young and old, men and women, take to the streets and smear colored powders and water while singing, dancing, and chanting “Holi hai”, which means “It is Holi!”.


The Nepali name for the Holi festival is Fagu Purnima. Nepalese, like Hindus, celebrate Holi on the day of the full moon, or Purnima, in Falgun, which is the 11th month of the Nepali calendar. Holi is most popular in India and Nepal, which have the highest concentration of Hindus. Children begin playing with colors about a week before the Holi festival. Then, in Kathmandu’s Basantapur Square, a long bamboo stick known as “lingo” is raised and wrapped in various colored ribbons and clothes to become Chir, a ceremonial pole adorned with a colorful crown. The lingo is cut down the day before Holi, and the Chir is burned, signaling the start of Holi. This tradition, known as Chir Dahan or Holika Dahan, symbolizes the victory of good over evil and the importance of embracing and forgiving loved ones.

United Kingdom

The Holi festival is popular in the United Kingdom, where over 1.4 million Indians reside, making them the second-largest ethnic minority in the UK. Festivals allow them to connect with their families and cultural roots. Leicester is well-known for its enthusiasm for Indian festivals shared by its community. When the occasion is a joyful festival such as Holi, excitement is at its peak. Parades are held, and people visit their friends and relatives in the evening to exchange greetings and sweets. They celebrate the occasion in a traditional and ritualistic style by hugging and applying tilak, a hand-drawn mark, on each other's foreheads. However, each year, Holi also witnesses new color runs, marathons, music festivals, and even Bollywood-themed celebrations that add different hues to the festivities.

United States

The United States is known for its cultural diversity, and it is surely one of the countries that participate in the Festival of Colors. After all, there’s no better way to start the spring season! Smaller events can be found in every major city and state, such as Los Angeles, Utah, New York, Nevada, and Chicago. Holi Meets are held to assist the next generation in identifying and feeling closer to their cultural roots. Children learn about the significance of festivals and the legends associated with them. In the United States, Holi is more than just a celebration of cultural beliefs and rituals; it is also a time to preach friendship, happiness, and love. Stop by Seattle for a cup of kadak chai and a taste of authentic Indian cuisine, stroll by Governors Island in New York City for some Holi Hai fun, or indulge in a bit of India meets America tradition in Houston.


Traditions and events from Bollywood movies, TV, and books come to life in Jakarta and other Indonesian cities during Holi, as the colorful powders cover everything. Hinduism is Indonesia’s third-largest religion, currently practiced by approximately 1.7 percent of the total Indonesian population. This means that Holi takes the same shape and form as how it's celebrated in India, as Indonesian Hindus celebrate Holi as a tremendously vibrant, colorful, and cheerful festival. The main celebrations take place in the cities of Medan and Bali, but festivals can be found all over the country, bringing families together and enjoying traditional dishes like Malpua, Thandai, and Kachori.

South America

South American countries also celebrate Holi with their own traditions, each based on their history and relationship with South Asia. Holi is known as Phagwa in Guyana, where Hindus make up approximately 33% of the population. During the festivities, abeer and abrack are tossed to erase social and economic distinctions symbolically. It is also known as Phagwa in Trinidad and Tobago; it was brought to the island by the Hindus who migrated there around 1845. Tobago has a unique genre of folk songs known as Chowtal, which is usually performed using only two musical instruments - the manjeera and the dholak. Countries like Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina also share their unique celebrations of Holi with love and family in mind.