Get ready for the biggest technicolor fight of your life with Goa's Holi Festival of Colour.
- When? 1st - 2nd March 2018
- Where? Various venues, Goa
- Price: Free
If you like your festival as colourful as a bag of skittles, then look no further than Holi Festival in Goa. This Hindu spring festival is one of the most technicolor events on the planet and sunny Goa, with its laid-back, beachy vibe is the perfect place to celebrate.
Holi celebrations are held throughout Goa (where the festival is known as Shigmo) with towns, temples, villages and cities in the region all holding celebrations. Festivities begin the night before when huge Holika bonfires are lit and religious rituals are performed - the belief is that bad omens and evil are destroyed by the fire. You'll have plenty of choice of where to watch this spectacle - one of the best areas is to the south of the state, where celebrations are smaller and more authentic. The following day thousands take to the streets to 'fight' with colourful powder and water balloons - warning, things get very messy! As expected there is also plenty of drinking and feasting and as the day wears on people get rather merry.
Beach party meets cultural celebration, Holi celebrates love, rebirth and good defeating evil. Chilled-out Goa, with its history of diversity and freethinking perfectly represents all these things and we can't think of a better place to end up looking like something a rainbow spat out. See you at the party.
- Get there: Fly to Goa International Airport and use taxis or public transport to get around.
- Stay: Book accommodation in Panaji or Margao for the biggest parties and liveliest festivities.
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