According to The Guardian, the Holi Festival traditionally celebrates spring’s arrival and the victory of good over evil. As with many traditions, there are various legends around this festivity. One such legend recounts the story of how the Vishnu god saved one of his followers from his evil aunt who burnt to death. For this reason, bonfires are lit the eve of the Holi Festival to proclaim the triumph of good over evil.
The colourful powder thrown that the festival is known for is called gulal. It is said to come from the legend of Krishna, who was worried that Radha would not fall in love with him because he was blue-skinned. Krishna painted Radha in different colours so that she would look like him. As you may have guessed, the very colourful powder represents the coming of spring and it is a way to celebrate the love of Krishna and Radha.
The Holi Festival is nowadays celebrated in other places in addition to India. Around the world there are many Holi-inspired events, particularly in Europe and the United States. These celebrations often do not coincide with the real celebration of the Holi Festival, however. Many are organised to raise money for awareness or charities.
If you fancy getting covered in all the colours of the rainbow, then the Holi Festival is definitely your cup of tea!