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
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