Holi: A Vibrant Celebration of Colors

Maqbool Fida Husain, Holi, ca. 1951, Grosvenor Gallery, London, UK.

Celebrated during the spring full moon, the Hindu festival of Holi is a joyous occasion that marks the arrival of Spring. This lively festival of colors holds great significance in Indian religion and culture. In addition to its traditional importance, artistic representations of the festivities vividly depict the vibrant enthusiasm, energy, and happiness associated with this ancient religious celebration.

Ancient Roots of Spring Festivals

The festivities of Holi begin on the evening of the full moon day, known as Purnima, in the month of Falgun, starting with the traditional bonfire known as the burning of Holika. Like many spring festivals, Holi has ancient origins deeply rooted in Hindu mythology and Vedic texts.

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