Holi is celebrated on a full moon day in the Month of Phalgun that is generally in the Month of March. A festival of colors, Holi in Delhi is usually a boisterous affair with people smearing each other with gulal and throwing water on each other.

There are various beliefs behind the origin of Holi. According to one, Holi marks the day when the evil Holika who tried to burn Bhakht Prahlad, the devotee of Lord Vishnu, got burnt herself. Other variations of the legend refers to burning of Demon Hoda and the death of demon Putana at the hands of lord Krishna. Hence you can see many bonfires on the streets of Delhi on the eve of the festival of Holi.

Holi is a fun festival and a salute to the ebullient spirit of the people of Delhi who just look for an excuse to make merry. On the day of Holi, you can see people - both young and old coming out of their homes and celebrating this festival with great enthusiasm. While young kids play a wet Holi where they throw water on their friends, the elders are generally contented with dry Holi that involves putting gulal on each other. Of course, for most people Holi celebrations are incomplete without the consumption of bhang, a crude derivative of cannabis. Indeed, in most Holi celebrations, bhang shakes and sweets laced with bhang are de rigueur. The bright colors of Holi symbolize energy, joy and life.

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