Holi Festival (Festival of Colours): History and Traditions February 29, 2016 12:30

With Holi Festival approaching, we thought it would be a good idea to look back at some of the history and traditions associated with the festival.

Holi is an ancient Hindu festival, which is mainly practised in India and Nepal, although in recent years the festival has spread to parts of North America and Europe. It marks the beginning of spring, and is also known as the festival of colours, or the festival of sharing love, and it is this idea of everyone coming together which has made the festival gain popularity worldwide.

Holi colour festival celebrations

The festival is celebrated during the full moon in Phalgun, which is in the month of March. A bonfire is lit to symbolise the burning of Holika and to commemorate the triumph of good over evil. Then the following day everyone takes to the streets to take part in frivolities, and the throwing of colours.

Holi occurs on 23rd March this year, so there is still plenty of time to plan your celebrations. We've put together this guide to help you.

 

Pranks and Frivolities

During the Holi celebrations it is traditional for people to get up to all sorts of pranks and frivolities, often getting up to all sorts of mischief that they wouldn't normally. Throwing the coloured powders and dyes is only a part of this. One of the common phrases that can be heard everywhere is "Bura na mano, Holi hai!" which means "Don't be upset, it's Holi!"

Inspired by the fun and frivolities, we designed our Rainbow Bliss tealight set, using all of the bright colours of Holi

 

rainbow bliss tea light candles

 

Lighting the bonfire

The lighting of the bonfire during the full moon marks the beginning of Holi. It is constructed out of dead leaves, twigs and wood, and by burning this it marks the end of winter and beginning of spring. People dance and sing around the bonfire, then they take the embers of the fire to light their own fires or candles at home.

Our Orange fizz champagne flutes have the same colours as the bonfire, and can be used as part of the celebrations

Orange fizz champagne flutes

 

Playing with colours

The day after the bonfire is "Dhuledi" or the festival of colours. Communities of people all come together to smear colours on each other and passers-by. Traditionally, these coloured dyes would have been made using herbs, but now synthetic dye powders, water balloons and even water pistols filled with coloured waters are used.

The atmosphere during the festival of colours is definitely like a party, so we tried to replicate this in our flower party candles.

flower party candles

Visiting family and friends

Visiting friends and family is an important part of Holi, where everyone comes together to celebrate. Everyone takes part, from children to the elderly, and gifts are exchanged between family members.

Our tutti frutti candle has lots of bright colours, just like Holi, and can be given as a gift to friends or relatives.

 tutti frutti personalised candle

 

We have a range of different products to suit all occasions, and you can view the full collection here. All of our items can be personalised with a name or initial, date, or a personal message. You can also choose your own colours to match your home.

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