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(English) Festival of colours begins

Foreign tourists enjoy Holi, at Thamel, Kathmandu. Photo:nepalnews.com/file.
Foreign tourists enjoy Holi, at Thamel, Kathmandu. Photo:nepalnews.com/file.

KATHMANDU, Nepal– With the installation of a Chir (bamboo pole) adorned with colourful clothes on the premises of Hanumandhoka Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Holi, the festival of colours, officially began, Sunday.

According to a legend described in Hindu’s holy book, the Chir symbolizes the tree on which Lord Krishna is believed to have hung milkmaids’ attire while the maid were bathing in the holy Jamuna River in northern India.

Holi is also observed as a festival of reconciliation as revelers leave negative feelings like anger and hatred aside and put colours on each other’s faces.

Although the festival is celebrated for seven days, merrymakers usually play with colours and spray water on each other’s face just for the last two days. In the Kathmandu Valley and the hills, the festival is observed on the  first day while people living in the southern region greet it the following day.

Families and friends get together and celebrate the occasion with a lot of merrymaking.

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