Festival of Colours – Holi

Holi is the major festival celebrated all Over India. People enjoy the festive of colours by colouring each other irrespective of their caste and religion. 

Holi, a festival of colours is played in Goa with great Joy and enthusiam. Holi is celebrated in the month of Phalgun which is the month of March as per the Gregorian calendar. The word Holi originated from "Holika", sister of Hiranyakashipu. The festival is celebrated because of a story in the old Hindu religion. 

According to Hindu mythological legends, the festival is also a celebration of the death of Pootna – the demon who nearly killed Lord Krishna when he was a small child. Pootna signifies winter 
and darkness. 

Holi is a part of Goan or Konkani spring festival known as Shigmo. Śhigmo is also known as Sisirotsava and lasts for about a month. The colour festival or Holi is a part of entire spring festival celebrations. Holi festivities include Holika Puja and Dahan,Dhulvad or Dhuli vandan,Haldune or offering yellow and saffron colour or Gulal to the deity. 

In some places in Goa, the night before the full moon, people gather to light bonfires to burn the dried leaves and twigs. The fire signifies the destruction of evil – the burning of the 'Holika' – a mythological character.

On the next day, young and old play Holi with colours and there is plenty of music, dance and Sweets. 

The celebrations start in the morning, recede around afternoon and in the evening, once again people visit the neighborhood with families and friends to greet them with good wishes.