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AS WINTER clears away for spring, what better way to celebrate the warmer weather than with a festival?
The Holi festival of colours is a Hindu celebration, held annually in India, Nepal and other south Asian countries to mark the start of the new season. Here’s the lowdown…
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The tradition of throwing colours came from Lord Vishnu

When is Holi in 2017?

Holi is a Hindu festival that celebrates the beginning of Spring at will be celebrated on Monday March 13 – TODAY!
It is celebrated each year around the time of the vernal equinox, and is typically celebrated in March but sometimes as early as February.
It is mainly observed in both India and Nepal or other countries where there is a significant Hindu population.
In India, the Lathmar Holi celebrations have already began
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In India, the Lathmar Holi celebrations have already began
However, in recent years, the festival has spread and celebrations now take place in parts of Europe and North America.
In India, the Lathmar Holi festival – which is celebrated in the days before Holi – has already kicked off.
Lathmar means ‘hitting with sticks’.
During the festival, the women of Barsana, the birth place of Hindu God Krishna’s beloved Radha, beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Hindu God Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their efforts to throw colour on them.
Lathmar means ‘beating with sticks’. During the Lathmar Holi festival, the women of Barsana, the birth place of Hindu God Krishna’s beloved Radha, beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Hindu God Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their efforts to throw colour on them
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Lathmar means ‘beating with sticks’. During the Lathmar Holi festival, the women of Barsana, the birth place of Hindu God Krishna’s beloved Radha, beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Hindu God Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their efforts to throw colour on them

What is the festival celebrating?

The event commemorates the victory of good, peace and love over evil.
It is said the demoness Holika was conquered through unwavering devotion to the Hindu god of preservation, Lord Vishnu.
Vishnu’s reincarnation Lord Krishna liked to play pranks on village girls by drenching them in water and colours – which is where the tradition came from.
A street vendor offers gulals or colour dust for sale at a local market ahead of the Holi Festival in Calcutta, eastern India
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A street vendor offers gulals or colour dust for sale at a local market ahead of the Holi Festival in Calcutta, eastern India
In southern Asia, Holi is celebrated on the day after the last full moon in March every year.
It starts with a Holika bonfire, singing and dancing – and, the next day, the streets explode with colour.

Why is it called the festival of colours?

Hindus celebrate Holi by smearing coloured powder over one another, dancing under water sprinklers, and using water balloons and water guns.
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In Asia, the event kicks off with a bonfire, the night before the streets are filled with colour
The organisers believe that gulal, the coloured powder, intoxicates people so their religion and social status don’t matter.
After a day of play with colours, people clean up, wash and bathe, sober up and dress up in the evening and greet friends and relatives by visiting them and exchanging sweets.

When is Holi celebrated in London?

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Most people wear white T-shirts and sunglasses
In chilly England, the Holi-inspired bonanza kicks off on July 29, 2017 – allowing Brits to come together and get covered in colourful powders.
This year’s event is being held at Wembley Park, with a day which encompasses music, entertainment and the inevitable rainbow end to your white T-shirt.
The line-up for the event is yet to be announced but tickets are on sale.
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