Top 10 Facts About Holi

The name Holi comes from “Holika”, the sister of the demon King “Hiranyakashyap”.



Holi is celebrated after the full moon in the month of ‘Phalguna’ which generally falls between February and March.


The festival of Holi is celebrated for at least 16 days in the Braj region of India where Krishna was born.


The first day is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi and the second is Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi, or Dhulivandan.


Holi is also celebrated in Mauritius, United States, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Pakistan, and the Philippines.


The festival of Holi is predominantly a festival of fun. People spend a lot of their time during the festival days engaging in fun activities.


Holi is also popular for the consumption of an intoxicating article – Bhang. This ingredient is mixed into drinks and sweets and is largely consumed by many during the festival.


Water is a big part of the event as many people use water balloons and engage in interesting water fights with their family and friends.


The Holika bonfire is a place where people gather and do their religious rituals. People during their religious rituals ask for forgiveness from god and pray that their evil should come to an end.


A popular saying: The festival of colors is also popular for the saying “Bura na mano, Holi hai!” which means “Do not mind, it’s Holi.”