Holi is the festival of colours renowned for the triumph of good over evil. But it is such a widespread festival, that is celebrated in so many different places and countries, it is inevitable that there will be changes in the ways it celebrated.
Every year it takes place on the full moon also known as Phalguna Purnima as is based on the Hindu Calender. This year, the festival will take place on March 21st, 2019.
How long the festival goes on for, usually depends on the place. Some localities celebrate it for 5 days while some of them just celebrate it for two days. Most of the traditions that take place during the festival are similar though.
The first day of Holi commemorates the burning of Holika with a public bonfire made with waste wood and takes place during the full moon. It symbolises good conquers evil.
The second day is a crowd pleaser. Water guns, colours and baoons filled with water are thrown around in the name of fun and joy. The traditional milk based bhang is made and had with great relish. It is followed by family get-togethers post clean up. Some families even prepare a grand feast during the get together and sweet are fund in abundance.
The best part about Holi is that this is a festival without any social or religious restrictions. Everyone can enjoy it and have fun with friends and family.
Other countries that Celebrate Holi are Indonesia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, United Kingdom, United states, Mauritius, and South Africa.