Colorful Chir Marks the Start of Holi Festivities in Nepal

March 17, 2024
Holi Festivities in Nepal

Holi, the vibrant festival of colors, is in full swing across Nepal. Festivities officially began on Sunday, March 17th at Basantpur Hanumandhoka in Kathmandu when a 32-foot-long chir (a ceremonial bamboo pole) adorned with colorful flags was raised at 7:47 AM.

The erection of the chir at Basantapur Durbar Square marks the beginning of this joyful festival celebrated with colors, water, and merriment all over the country. Holi has a rich historical background, with its roots in Hindu mythology. Legend has it that Holi commemorates the victory of good over evil when Pralhad, a devoted follower of Lord Vishnu, survived the fire intended to kill him by the demoness Holika.

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The festival is said to have begun in the Treta Yug era and continues to be a jubilant celebration. Traditionally, a bonfire is lit on the eve of Holi to symbolize the burning of Holika.

This year, Holi falls on March 24th in the hilly regions, including Kathmandu Valley, and on March 25th in the Terai districts. Celebrations will continue over the coming days, with people of all ages and backgrounds embracing the festival’s spirit of joy, unity, and forgiveness.

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