This Friday (March 18), Hindus around the world will celebrate Holi—one of India’s most colourful, vibrant, and joyous festivals that celebrates the beginning of spring.
While large celebrations typically take place in India and not as much in Singapore, it is still an important and significant holiday that holds a lot of importance to Hindus everywhere.
Locally, Singaporeans tend to mark the occasion by visiting friends and family and sitting down to a meal together.
Curious about Holi? Read on to find out everything you need to know about the celebration and the symbolic activities that are carried out on this day.
1. It marks the beginning of spring
Holi is typically celebrated in March and the date is determined according to the Hindu calendar month of Phalguna. This month, the festival will be taking place on March 18.
The festival marks the beginning of spring and the end of a long winter. It is also symbolic of the triumph of good over evil after Lord Vishnu emerged victorious in his battle against Narasimha Narayana over Hiranyakashipu.
The day is one of celebration and symbolises love, forgiveness, new beginnings and more.