Holi: How things have changed

Every year Hindus mark the arrival of spring by celebrating the festival of colour, Holi. This festival dates back to the 4th century and celebrates the triumph of good over evil — symbolism that correlates with the passing of winter.

Celebration in Nepal

The tradition here is a little different from India and have a special ceremony for erecting a wood pole. On this day, Nepalese women in traditional wear circle around the pole to pray for the blessings. The famous durbar square and the surrounding streets turn into a sea of waters, colours and music.

What has changed over the years?

I hadn’t celebrated Holi for over 7 years in Nepal and things were pretty different back then. ”Bura na maano Holi hai” can’t be used as an excuse if you throw balloons at someone without their consent. Earlier, it used to be impossible to move out of the house because of the rowdies stopping everyone, throwing dirt or demanding money for celebrations. I remember coming back home drenched a week before the festival started. Holi was more about hitting balloons to strangers and less about celebrating with the colours and I absolutely loved how the trend has changed. We have gradually become urbane and civil. With changing lifestyles and values, Holi revelry has taken new hues: modern, less expressive and boisterous.

Photo Courtesy: Ayush Bajracharya

This post is written as a part of the #AlexaTheIncredible campaign hosted by #womenbloggerwb and also is a part of ”NEPAL: A HOPE”



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15 thoughts on “Holi: How things have changed

  1. I so much agree to you when you mentioned – we have become more civil and decent in playing Holi as compared to earlier times. My home time being in Uttar Pradesh I had many such same experiences of force-full Holi celebrations. Good to learn things are changing for better now. #AlexaTheIncredible #womenbloggerwb

  2. Wow…didn’t know about the ceremony around the pole…I wanted to read more….!! What about the food and other celebrations around Holi in Nepal?? You are the window to my favourite country!! Btw, tantastic photography! Keep writing!
    #AlexaTheIncredible #womenbloggerwb

    1. Oh, there’s not much to the pole. It’s just a symbol for the start of a festival. That happens for every other major festival in Nepal. 🙂 Sorry to disappoint you, but except for Bhaang, we don’t really have different delicacies.
      The photographer is a friend, will convey the message 🙂
      Sure, I will be your local guide 😛 Thank you so much xx

  3. Nepal is a beautiful country with warm people. India and Nepal share a close bond. It’s great to know that Holi is celebrated with such joy in Nepal too.

  4. I haven’t played Holi myself in a while but I remember how consent was never considered when playing with colours, ‘Bura na maano’ is an excuse to get away with unruly behaviour nowadays.

  5. Well said 🙂 But there are still people who never change themselves and throw balloons on strangers 🙁 even today. I have never come across any weird situation till date but have seen friends experiencing this problem.

    1. The kids tried their level best to throw balloons at me though and it was really cute. I’d definitely act all cute if they throw water at me. They are so innocent with their water splashes lol

  6. I am glad there has been a positive change and I really hope the progress continues. Holi is a great fun festival and because of some it becomes a nuisance.

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