Culture  Holi, the festival of colours
13/03/201700:00 TV5MONDE
 
As the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country and the most populous democracy in the world, India is a world of dynamic cultures and languages. Every year, a wide array of festivals and celebrations are held across the whole country. These festivities offer a glimpse into the ancient civilization's rich history, diversity, customs, religions and much, much more.

Known for the use of vibrant colours and motifs in its everyday culture, such as fashion and jewelry, one of India's most famous and best-known festival is, incontestably, the Holi (Festival of Colors). The festival is also celebrated in Nepal and Bangladesh as well as in other Hindu communities around the world. In 2017, we're celebrating it....today!
 
 
This festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring and also the gods Radha and Krishna’s unification. This is the day where we see the symbolic toss of colours around the country (or whever Holi is celebrated). Everyone can join in; language and cultural barriers are overcome and this is a time where social strata is bypassed. Holi is a festival which conveys an important and strong feeling of unity. Each participant toss and cover each other with colour powder. Holi is a lot of fun and women are traditionally dressed with their most colorful sari in order to spread joy and happiness. 

In contemporary times, this tradition has even spread to other events such as marathons called "colour run". Events like these also champion the concept of equality and joy in a mass celebration. 
 
Did you know what the colours mean? Here's what research tells us:
 
Green: happiness
Orange: optimism
Blue: vitality
Red: joy and love
 
After having covered someone with color powder, people usually exclaim: “Bura Na Mano, Holi Hai!” which means: “Do not get angry, it is Holi!”
 
Have you ever travelled to India during Holi and took part in its Celebrations? Tweet us @tv5mondeapac or share this post and comment - we can't wait to see your brilliantly colourful photos! 
Happy Holi, friends around the world!
 
 
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