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Terai-Madhes Celebrates Holi with Colors, Joy, and Tradition

March 25, 2024
Terai Madhes Holi

The vibrant festival of Holi is in full swing across the Terai-Madhes region of Nepal, a day after celebrations in the Himalayan and hilly districts. This unique tradition highlights the cultural diversity within the country.

Celebration of Spring and Unity

The Phagu Festival, as Holi is known in the region, marks the arrival of spring and carries a message of unity and harmony. People gather to play with colorful powders and water, symbolizing a vibrant and joyous new beginning.

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Ancient Origins

The festival’s roots lie in the ancient legend of Prahlad, a devotee of Lord Vishnu, and his triumph over evil. Prahlad’s survival in a fire orchestrated by the demon king Hiranyakashyapu and his sister Holika led to the tradition of Holi. The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil.

Unique Traditions in Terai-Madhes

The Terai-Madhes region boasts its distinct Holi traditions. The singing of the Jogira song, a folk melody specifically associated with Holi, adds a unique flavor to the festivities. Families and friends exchange colors and greetings, spreading happiness and strengthening bonds.

Public Holiday

In recognition of this important festival, a public holiday has been declared in the districts of Madhes, allowing for widespread participation and celebration.

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