Holi (English pronunciation: /ˈhoʊliː/) (Sanskrit: होली) is a spring festival also known as festival of colors, and sometimes festival of love. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities.

It is primarily observed in India, Nepal, and other regions of the world with significant populations of majority Hindus or people of Indian origin. The festival has, in recent times, spread in parts of Europe and North Americas as a spring celebration of love, frolic and colors.

Type Hindu
Celebrations Night before Holi: Holika Bonfire
On Holi: spray colors on others, dance, party; eat festival delicacies
Begins Phalgun Purnima or Pooranmashi (Full Moon)
Date February–March
2014 date Monday, March 17
2015 date Friday, March 6
2016 date Wednesday, March 23
Frequency Annual

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