5 things to know about India’s Holi Festival


We hate to spill tea, but Pride is *not* the world’s most colourful celebration. That honour belongs to Holi, the Hindu Spring Festival.

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, so we’re heading there in February. As the climax of nearly two weeks touring Rajasthan, here’s five things to know about the festivities.

1. Things get started the night before.
Holika Dahan is a purification ritual celebrated around bonfires, on the eve of Holi. People dance and sing to bid conflicts and bad energy farewell.

Holika Dahan

2. Cannabis cocktails are customary.
Beware that a popular Holi Festival libation is made with marijuana. If somebody offers you a ‘bhang’, it’s not a sexual proposition…but it may blow your hair back.

In India every colour has meaning. For example, red is the colour of love and fertility.

3. It’s all about colour.
Imagine a city-wide water fight, only with giant clouds of colour.  Traditionally made with plant-derived colours such as turmeric, most of the powders today are synthetic.

Most of the powder used today is synthetic.

4. Everyone gets involved
Like Pride, one thing we love about Holi is how everyone comes out to celebrate. Once the colours start flying, anybody is fair game.

Holi Festival originated in India, however, it is now celebrated all over the world. This photo was taken during a Holi Festival in the U.S.A.

5. There’s an after party…obviously.
As fun as the colour fight is, spending time with friends and relatives that night is just as important. Since Holi also marks the end of our trip, we’ll scrub down then dress up for a Farewell Dinner on the terrace of Shiv Niwas Palace.

We’ve planned an exceptional farewell dinner at Shive Niwas Palace

If you’re interested in participating in Holi Festival, join Out Adventures’ India Holi Festival Foray beginning February 19, 2018. 

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