Celebrations Around the World: Holi


A Hindu festival celebrating the arrival of spring, good over evil, light and fertility.


There are a few myths behind the festival, but the most commonly told is of a king named Hiranyakashipu, who demanded to be worshipped like a god. His son, Prahlada, worshipped Vishnu instead. Prahlada’s aunt, Holika, decided to burn him to death on a pyre, but Halika’s cloak, which was protecting her from the flames, wrapped around Prahlada and Holika died instead. Vishnu appeared and killed Hiranyakashipu.


Holi begins with Holika Dahan, where celebrators build fires and burn wood, to celebrate good triumphing over evil.

The following day is known as Rangwali Holi, where people go out and throw colourful powder paints and water at each other.

We always love to hear from customers about their own celebrations. Please get in touch if you have observed any of March’s festivals and would like to share stories or photos with us!