Holy is a major festival and celebrates the onset of spring, along with good harvests and the fertility of the land. It is celebrated on the day after the full moon in early March. This festival is known best for the way people throw brightly coloured powder and water over each other to celebrate the advent of spring. Then they bathe and cleanse themselves after which they distribute sweets amongst friends and relatives.
Vibrant processions accompanied by folk songs and dances are also a characteristic of Holy celebrations. Holy is a very popular festival amongst the youth. Holy also commemorates the burning to death of Holika, the aunt of Prahlada. Huge bonfires are lit on the eve of Holy for this reason.