(English) Foreign tourists observe Holi in Kathmandu

Holi _tourist enjoying

KATHMANDU, Nepal– Foreign tourists play with colours during Holi celebrations at Hanumandhoka Durbar square in the Capital, Sunday.

People in the Capital along areas in the hilly region observed Holi, the festival of colours, which is also known as Fagu Purnima, with much gusto, Sunday. Since early morning, especially young boys and girls along with children are enjoyed by smearing red vermilion powder and throwing water-filled balloons at each other.

The festival is being observed in the Terai region, Monday. An important festival of the Nepalese people, the festival revolves around the mythology of the demon king Hiranya Kashyapu ordering his sister Holika to enter into a fire along with Pralhad, son of the demon king and a devout follower of Lord Bishnu, in her lap so that Pralhad would stop chanting the name of the Lord.

The government announced public holiday for the capital Kathmandu and hilly region on Sunday and Monday for terai region. Photo: NMF

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