The Spring Festival of India, Holi - is a festival of colors. Celebrated in March or April according to the Hindu calendar to welcome the spring and win the blessings of Gods for good harvests and fertility of the land. Holi in India is a festival of fun and frolic and has been associated with the immortal love of Krishna and Radha. The exuberance and the entertainment of the season are remarkable.
Different all the other festivals of India, Hindu Holi festival is one such festival where one can put down the social taboos and indulge in the intoxicating drinks and sweets prepared by using opium. It is a festival of romance sometimes represented by the love-play of Radha and Krishna. Brij Holi is famous all over the world for its gaiety in spirit. Each year, young and old, men and women, all pamper themselves in the spirit of colors and for once forget the social taboos. There are mouthwatering delicacies to appreciate such as 'Gujhias' and 'Papris'.
Holi celebration is a festival of the capture of goodness over wickedness. Being a festival of myriad of colors, Holi enriches brotherhood in the society. On either side of the roads, when one can spot kiosks with humungous large tables alive with heaps of colored powders called gulal, when the young ones squirt water at the passers-by through their water squirting pumps and hurl water filled balloons, when the Indian sweet shops get thick with a variety of delicious sweet meats, you know it is time for Holi in India. The celebration of Holi starts weeks before the final day, which falls on the full moon day of Phalguna.
To celebrate Holi is… to Play Holi… this holi festival is the most popular among the young children who gear up for Holi, months before the final day. The month of Phalguna can occur anywhere in the period of last week of February and 1st week of March. In the earlier days, natural colors were used to play Holi that were extracted from flowers, which bloom during the season, but in this day and age, artificial colors are used to play Holi.