Monday, July 22, 2024

Holi Awaiting in Mountains Foot

Holi is awaiting at the foot of the mountains. The whole country is ready to immerse itself in a vibrant kaleidoscope of colors. Phagu Purnima, also known as Holi, is back to bless the nation with its joyful presence. Today, the Kathmandu Valley and the scenic Hilly region are overflowing with the energy of Holi, while the Terai region will join in the celebrations tomorrow.

This festival of colors passes age, yet it is especially meaningful to children. As the sun rises, the streets come alive with the laughing of children clutching brightly colored packets, playful lola (paint-filled plastic packets), and glistening buckets of water. In this captivating setting, everyone, from the smallest to the oldest, becomes a canvas for the wild strokes of color, giving in to the happy chaos of the festivities. Let’s see how Holi is awaiting to celebrate at the foot of the mountains.

Holi awaits in mountains foot
Date: 1966 Location: Bhadrapur, Jhapa Description: Children of Bhadrapur High School teachers posing for a photo near the teachers’ quarters during Holi. (Source: The Kathmandu Post)

Holi in Janakpur

Janakpur is well-known for its Holi celebrations, which display the glory of Holi. In the Madesh Province, the festival begins a fortnight before the major event. Locals of the town participate in Parikrama, a 15-day temple circumambulation ceremony that begins and ends at the Janaki Mandir.

Holi is significant in Janakpur because it marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Farmers play with mud instead of colors on the Janaki Temple grounds to represent the changing seasons.

Holi in Biratnagar

The spirit of social interaction looms over the Holi celebration in Biratnagar, whereas the Tarai region relies heavily on India’s holiday traditions. Biratnagar natives note that Holi was traditionally exclusive to the Tarai region until recent television influence. Its popularity is spreading to all areas.

The ritual of Holika Dahan, which represents the burning of Holika by collecting and burning wood, is progressively diminishing in Biratnagar. Only a few firmly rooted families continue to practice this rite, which includes a puja near the fire, the application of ash tika on their foreheads, and the consumption of prasad offerings.

Date: 1967 Location: Silgadhi, Doti Description: Students celebrating the spring festival of Holi. (Source: The Kathmandu Post)

Holi in Achham

In Achham, Holi is ‘Fagu Parba,’ and preparations begin eight days before the celebration. The community comes together to participate in various games during the Holi celebrations.

Holi festivities begin immediately after Shivaratri, with traditional singing and dance known as Deuda Khel. Achham people raise an embellished pole known as the Chir in an open place, which is worshipped for eight days before Holi. On the holiday’s eve, they ceremonially light the Chir, representing the triumph of good over evil.

The final day of this colorful event becomes clear by joyful singing, dancing, and spirited revelry with colored pigments.

How did you celebrate?

As different parts of Nepal have their way of celebrating one festival, how did you celebrate? Make sure you share us, tag us in your Holi pictures, and be part of the family. Celebrate different ways of Holi and embrace the cultural dynamic of our country. Travel as you seek new adventures in life. As soon we announce some exciting travel contests, click the moment and be part of the adventure in life.

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