Holi Festival, Himachal

     State : Himachal Pradesh

     Time of Celebration : Phalgun Purnima which comes in      February End or Early March
Holi Festival

Holi in Himachal Pradesh is celebrated in much the same way as in rest of North India. People light bonfires-fires called Holika, symbolic of victory of good over evil.People in this state are all charged up when it comes to play with colors. Pichkaris in various creative and innovative designs are specially bought by children to color anybody who comes in sight and even more to the one who tries to escape...all in good fun.

The interesting fact to mark about Holi in Himachal Pradesh is that thousands gather at the holy shrine of Paonta Sahib in Sirmour district on the banks of Yamuna. The shrine is highly regarded and people have great faith in it. No wonder, they choose the auspicious day of Holi to seek divine blessings. Kullu Holi is marked by mixing snow with colors- making it an 'Ice-Holi'. While, the main celebrations are held at the world famous Slang Pass, which witnesses heaviest snowfall in the country.