Published Date :17 Mar, 2016
Holi festival falls on the 23 March 2016 which is known as 'Phagu' in Nepal. This is the festival of colors and water. The chir pole, decorated with colorful flags and erected on the first day of Phagu at Kathmandu Durbar Square is formal announcement of Holi. This is the festival dedicated to Holika (female demon) who together with her King brother conspired to kill his son Pralhad, a devotee of lord Vishnu and was burnt in fire, saving Pralhad. At this festival, people, young boys/girls, family members throw colorful water by water gun and water balloons (lolas). They eat delicious food and enjoy a lot with merry drinking. Phagu is another name for Holi where 'Phagu' means the sacred red powder and 'Pune' means full moon day, on which the festival ends. The chir pole is lowered down and burnt in fire and the festival ends.