Holi, the festival of colors, marks the arrival of spring in Hindu culture and has evolved into a worldwide celebration of love, friendship and youth. Festival goers celebrate by throwing handfuls of colored powder at each other and getting drenched in water, resulting in a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors. Agoda, a digital travel platform, shares destinations where you can participate in the festivities, which take place through the month of March.
1. Goa, India
Get a true taste of this beloved festival in India’s party capital Goa – the ultimate destination for energetic, non-stop revelry. Part of the fun is dressing in white clothes knowing they will never look the same after being doused in colored water. Top tip: Make sure to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the colored powder!
Stay at the Vista Elaine Gardens, a great space to share with friends. It includes a kitchenette, so party-goers can even make their own organic eco-friendly colors the day before the celebration using flowers and common ingredients available in local markets. Remember to watch out for the water balloons that cheeky neighbourhood children are sure to throw!
2. Pokhara, Nepal
Pokhara, Nepal, comes alive during Holi with celebrations kicking off with bonfires that symbolise the triumph of good over evil. Travellers should consider the simple hack of moisturising their skin and applying a coat of nail polish to their nails before the fun and games begin, as this helps the colors wash off with no fuss! Stay at the Fishtail Lodge or The Pavilions Himalayas for unbeatable views of the countryside.
3. Los Angeles, USA
One of the best things about Holi is that everyone is invited to join in the fun, regardless of age and faith. This has helped the celebration spread across the globe and evolve in unique ways. In the U.S., head to the Festival of Colors in Los Angeles.
The event features dance, music, yoga and of course – lots and lots of color! Stay at the Bissell House Bed & Breakfast in Pasadena, just a short ride away from the festival venue.
4. Holi in Mauritius
For those who prefer island getaways, head to Mauritius to experience Holi. It’s a great choice as nearly everyone in the country celebrates the festival. All those out in an open area are fair game, so travelers should consider themselves warned!
Stay at the Lux Belle Mare where guests can relax after a day out playing with color. This property also offers a plethora of water sports options to choose from, ranging from boating and canoeing to snorkelling.