Foreign Tourists Add Vibrancy to Holi Celebrations in Nepal – South Asia Time

Foreign Tourists Add Vibrancy to Holi Celebrations in Nepal

 March 24, 2024  

Kathmandu, March 24 – As the vibrant hues of Holi spread joy and celebration across Nepal, foreign tourists have enthusiastically joined in the festivities, adding an international flair to the traditional Hindu festival.

Captured by our esteemed photojournalist Keshav Gurung, tourists could be seen immersing themselves in the colorful revelry on the streets of Kathmandu, joining locals in spraying each other with bright gulal powder, symbolic of the festival’s message of harmony, health, happiness, and prosperity.

Holi, also known as the festival of colors, holds significant cultural and religious importance for Hindus worldwide. It marks the end of winter and the onset of spring, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil and the celebration of new life.

The festival is renowned for its vibrant colors, with people gathering in crowds to playfully hurl gulal at each other. Each color carries a special significance, with blue representing the god Krishna, red symbolizing love, and yellow reminiscent of turmeric, a healing spice commonly used in Indian cuisine.

Beyond the color-throwing revelry, Holi encompasses various traditions, including the lighting of bonfires on the first day to purify the air and offerings to express gratitude for the spring season and abundant crops.

Historically, Holi is linked to ancient legends, such as the tale of Prince Prahlada and the demon king Hiranyakashipu, from which the festival derives its name. It’s a time when children are encouraged to embrace the joy of colors and indulge in playful mischief without restraint.

Moreover, Holi serves as a unifying force, bringing together families and communities from diverse backgrounds to partake in special dances and culinary delights. While deeply rooted in Indian culture, the festival transcends borders, with South Asian communities worldwide, including those in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan, celebrating with fervor.

Notably, international Holi celebrations extend beyond the Indian subcontinent, with cities like Leicester in the UK hosting grand festivities, and events in Australia and New York drawing participants from across the globe, fostering cultural exchange and unity.

As Nepal’s streets resonate with laughter and vibrant colors, the participation of foreign tourists adds an extra dimension to the joyous occasion, highlighting the universal appeal and spirit of camaraderie that defines the festival of Holi.