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During this time in India, we celebrate Holi, the festival of colors. And each has its meaning …
Every year, the day of the full moon of the Indian month of Phâlguna and for two days, we celebrate Holi, the festival of colors. It is a Hindu religious festival and a thousand-year-old tradition during which Indians celebrate the arrival of spring every year. On this day, which is a public holiday in India, locals usually meet in the streets to throw colored powder at each other.
This festival has its origins in Hindu mythology. On the first night, tradition has it that bonfires are lit. They symbolize the victory of good over evil. Originally, the Hindus covered their faces with the ashes of these fires. It is now replaced by a colored powder called gulal with which the Indians sprinkle themselves on the second day. Each color has a meaning: red stands for love, green for harmony, blue for vitality, orange for optimism and yellow for faith. On Holi night, locals visit friends and family to exchange greetings and gifts over a traditional meal. It is also the time of the year when everyone must forgive the mistakes of the past.
In 2021, because of the Covid-19 epidemic, the celebrations were canceled in many Indian cities but maintained in some, especially in the north of the country, where this tradition comes from.
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