The Holi festival commemorates the victory of good over evil, brought about by the burning and destruction of the demoness named Holika. This was enabled through unwavering devotion to the Hindu god of preservation, Lord Vishnu.
Holi got its name as the "Festival of Colors" from Lord Krishna, a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, who liked to play pranks on the village girls by drenching them in water and colors.
The festival marks the end of winter and the abundance of the upcoming spring harvest season.
When is Holi Celebrated?
The day after the full moon in March each year. In 2018, Holi will be celebrated on March 2.
On the morning of Holi Festival, Delhi ushers in a grand carnival, a large number of people, young and old, men and women, go out to the streets, smear colored powders and water to each other, sing and dance, chant and enjoy Holi delicacies, and say "Holi hai (It is Holi)!". The best place to celebrate Holi in Delhi is the residential neighborhoods in South Delhi, where you can join the residents in a wonderful traditional celebration.
The Holi Cow Festival, also known as Holi Moo Festival, is rather popular for modern-day Holi celebrations. Held in New Delhi, it is a carnival with non-toxic colors, street food, thandai (a yogurt drink with spices), dance and music (from folk to rock music) to get everyone in the mood. .
There are also many Holi parties with live performances, music, dance, colors and more held in many places in Delhi to celebrate the spirit of Holi.
Tip: Avoid backpacker area in Delhi, e.g.,Paharganj, as celebrations there can get rather unruly.