All good wishes for a happy Holi. While things may look a bit different this year, Holi festival is a spectacularly beautiful and colourful celebration about love, new beginnings and happiness.

The Festival of Colours (Holi) announces the arrival of spring and the passing of winter. The festival breathes an atmosphere of joy and love, and the welcoming of new beginnings. There are no differences on this day. People embrace a spirit of reconciliation, forgiveness, and gratitude.

Holi lasts for a night and a day, taking place on the last full moon of the Hindu lunar month Phalguna. The first day is called Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi, while the second is known as Holi, Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi or Phagwah.

With roots in ancient India, Holi Festival is a joyful reminder to cast away bad feelings and worries. The first evening of the festival is called Holika Dahan – burning of the demon Holika. It is also referred as Chhoti Holi. In the evening, a bonfire is lit for a puja. It is meant to cleanse and burn away all the bad and evil. The second day of the festival is more of a fun day. People celebrate with coloured powder and water. It is called Dhuleti, Dhulendi or Phagwah.

Holi signifies the victory of good over evil. Tradition suggests even enemies turn friends on Holi and forget any feeling of hardship that may be present. The rich and the poor, and people from separate social strata celebrate the festival together with a spirit of bonhomie and brotherhood. Holi also serves as the giving of thanks for a good harvest.

Holi is a time for thinking about love, new beginnings and happiness – a time to think about the new beginning you’d like to make and how you will make them happen.

All good wishes for a happy Holi.

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