The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February-March. This is a colorful festivals celebrated with much joy and fervor all over the India. Holi celebration makes the festival more exuberant and vivid. People rub ‘Gulal’ and ‘abeer’ on each other faces and cheer up. Holi also gives a wonderful chance to send blessing and love to dear ones wrapped in a Holi gift. Holi is celebrated in continuous three days:-
Holi Day-1 The day of the full moon (Purnima) is the first day of Holi. A platter is arranged with colored power and colored water is placed in a small brass pot. The head of the male member begin the festivities by sprinkling colors on each members of the family.
Holi Day-2 On the second day called ‘Puno’. The image of Holika are Burnt in keeping with the legend of Prahlad and his devotion to Lord Vishnu. Everyone gathers in the street for the festival, and the air rings with shouts, catcalls, curses and general mayhem. On this day public bonfire is held and gathers near the fire to fill the air with folk songs and dances.
Holi Day-3 The final day of the festival called ‘Parva’, when children’s, youth, men and women visit each other’ homes and colored powders called ‘aabir’ and ‘Gulal’ are thrown into the air and smeared on each other ‘s face and bodies. Holi demands big time planning. Buckets and barrels of strongly coloured water have to be concocted and water balloons filled to greet friends and neighbours. The gala time starts in the morning itself. People go around smearing each other with gulal (coloured powder) and coloured water. Children shoot jets of water from their pichkaris, screaming gleefully. A lot of people spend the day alternating between getting drenched and coloured, and consuming thandai (a marijuana-based drink) in large quantities as the day progresses. Singing and dancing to the beat of dholaks (drums) completes the picture.