Fagu Purnima

People enjoying and scattering colors on the occasion of Fagu Purnima 

Holi a Hindu festival also known as Fagu Purnima is celebrated on a full-moon day at the end of the month of Falgun. This festival is also known as festival of colors as all people around the country celebrates by rubbing colored powder on each other’s faces. Holi is celebrated all over Nepal but specially celebrated in the southern Tarai region. People believe that this festival originated as celebration of the death of the Demoness Holika.

In Kathmandu Valley, Fagu Poornima begins on the first day with the raising of  a pole(Chir) around noon in front of Kumari House, Durbar Square. Holi is popular colorful festival where people enjoy and celebrates with joy. Moreover, foreigners especially tourists takes part in the this festival and get drenched in colorful water as there are no rituals involved in playing. On the final day, the pole also known as Chir is brought down, dragged to Tudikhel and burnt. The left out ashes are carried home by devotees as it is believed it will provide them protection against evil.