#HappyHoli: Holi Festival 2016

Posted on 23rd March 2016

As we all get ready for Easter weekend, there’s another festival that’s being celebrated around the globe: Holi. An ancient Hindu festival that marks the start of spring, Holi festival 2016 is even bigger than ever, with thousands taking to the streets to paint each other with colour powder and coloured water.

Despite originating in India, Holi is celebrated around the world, with some of the biggest celebrations this year held in Manila, Mauritius, Kathmandu and Suriname. In the UK, major cities including Birmingham, Leicester and Newcastle have a rich Holi tradition, and in London tickets are on sale for the Holi Festival of Colours 2016, a music festival held in Wembley Park.

Holi festival 2016 has even got a royal seal of approval, as Prince Harry got involved with Holi festival celebrations during a five-day tour of Nepal. On a visit to the Gauda Secondary School in the Himalayan village of Okhari, the royal saw how the Gurkha Welfare Trust is working to rebuild the school following last year’s earthquake. After a tour of the school and a game of volleyball with the children, Prince Harry joined in with the Holi festival fun, where he was left a little red in the face.

Holi festival 2016 has seen more people than ever get involved with the festivities. In Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, thousands of widows celebrated Holi for the first time. Although in many parts of India it is tradition for widows to not take part in festivals, more and more have been getting involved in recent years.

Are you celebrating the Holi festival this year? Let us know on Facebook or on Twitter at @ChakraLondon with the hashtag #HappyHoli and tell us what you’re doing!

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