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Celebrating Holi

Holi is one of those Indian festivals which has really transcended cultural barriers, gaining popularity across the world. Filled with colour and vibrancy, it celebrates the start of Spring, signifying fresh new beginnings, hope and renewal – something everyone can get behind!

During the festival, communities come together to throw colourful powder on each other, literally spreading happiness and positivity, sharing excitement for the new season ahead which brings fresh opportunities for forgiveness, social harmony and unity.

Milap’s Cultural Coordinator, Shilpa Wahal, grew up in India and remembers how she used to celebrate Holi with her friends and family each year:

“Holi is actually my favorite Indian festival after Diwali. It is the vibrant Festival of Colors and a fantastic celebration of spring and new beginnings.

A week before Holi, the excitement fills the air! We start planning by getting colorful powders, fun new toys for the kids,pichkaris and water guns and festive water balloons.  Homemade sweets like Gujia / besan ka ladoos become part of the preparation, adding delicious anticipation.

On the day of Holi, we head out to celebrate with friends and family.  The streets come alive with vibrant colors, playful throws, and the beauty of flowers.  Laughter fills the air as we play throughout the day with friends and family.  The celebration wouldn’t be complete without indulging in delicious gujia and other yummy foods, along with refreshing thandai to cool down.Then we all just relax in the evening listening to holi movie songs and have dinner together with family.”

With Holi being such an important festival in India, it’s no surprise that there are numerous Hindi film (Bollywood) songs depicting the celebration. Here are a few of our favourites for you to enjoy: