Unrestricted joy and celebration of the spirit of life can be amply found in this festival of color. When the chilling cold of the winter is just about over and the Sun is not yet out in its full fury, people throughout the country celebrate this wonderful festival by throwing colors and colored powders at each other. Sweets are distributed and gifts are exchanged as people visit the houses of friends and relatives. The day of celebration generally comes during the months of February and March. The joy and happiness in the atmosphere is palpable as people buckle up for a day of unrestrained fun by smearing each other with multitude of colors.
In Delhi the festival of Holi is extremely important and the city is decked up for the occasion long before the d-day. The night before Holi is very eventful. The festive mood is apparent as people go around their neighborhood making sure that their bon-fire is the largest. There is a custom that before the day Holi is celebrated, a bon-fire is lit. You will see this bon-fire almost everywhere. Street corners to fields and local neighborhood, it is everywhere. Then in the night the huge pile of dry leaves, branches or wastes like paper are torched. Functions of song and dance too are organized as people participate in the fun and merriment.
The following day is Holi and the festival is very closely linked with the Hindu mythology in general and the legend of Lord Krishna in particular. It is said that as a young boy Lord Krishna was very handsome and the milkmaids of the region fell hopelessly in love for him. Krishna too teased them and was known for his frolics. Holi is the celebration of humanity and life. It is also a celebration of love. People throw colors on one another and exchange greetings even though they might be complete strangers and have not met before. If you are on a tour of Delhi at this time of the year, make sure that you take part in the celebration.