Holi marks the beginning of spring and is known as the Festival of Colors. From major cities to small villages, the streets of India are brimming with color as people douse each other with powders in a rainbow of hues. The festival actually begins the night before during Holika Dahan, when Indians gather around a bonfire that symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. On the following day, the colors come out and everyone joins in the joyous celebration.
Later in the year, Indians celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights. During this autumn event, small clay lamps are lit in order to welcome the Hindu goddess Lakshmi. Revelers wear new clothes and share sweets with family members and the streets are filled with the sounds of firecrackers, which are believed to scare evil spirits away.
We highly recommend visiting India during these festivals – the act of sharing smiles, laughs, and moments of reflection with the locals creates a palpable connection with the culture (and the photos you’ll get are priceless!).
If you’re interested in the once-in-a-lifetime experience of attending these celebrations, Vantage has special departures of our India adventures designed around the events. Our February 25 departures of Spotlight on Northern India and Timeless India: A Magical Adventure give you a remarkable Holi experience, while November 4 departures of these trips will showcase the wonders of Diwali (you can also experience it on the October 28 departure of Spotlight.)
Join us and experience these unforgettable events firsthand!