Holi spreads its colors across the border of India as it surrounds Nepal by three sides. So people of Nepal also celebrate Holi with great enthusiasm. Let’s know about it.
Holi 2020 in Nepal:
Nepal celebrates Holi for a week. The whole country takes part in these celebrations. Colors of Holi are more evident in areas where the Indian community lives and also in the region of Terai.
See where else the Holi celebrations continue for a week here…
Chir is a ceremonial pole which is installed in the middle of the streets. It is a pole of bamboo on which people tie clothes of different colors. The installation of Chir marks the beginning of the Holi celebrations. It is taken off after a week of installation. And then it is taken to light the bonfire.
Story behind Chir:
Installing Chir belongs to Lord Krishna. Once he seduced all the local girls, and they all began to dance with him. When they lost all their senses, he thought to play a prank with the girls. He covered all of them in colored water while they were taking a bath in the Yamuna River. They Krishna stole all of their clothes and hanged them high on a tree to tease them. So people remember and pay tribute to Lord Krishna by performing the ritual of Chir.
After removing the Chir, people gather it to light as a bonfire. It is to celebrate the victory of good over evil spirits. Then everyone sings and dances around the fire in joy.
Holi of colors:
All around Nepal, you can see people playing with colors. The celebration continues from dawn to dusk on the last day of the festival. Balloons full of colored water are the favorite equipment of people of Nepal to play Holi. They say it ‘Lolas’.
If you want to witness Holi 2020 outside India with all its festivities, be there in Nepal. You will surely love the way people celebrate Holi here.