The festival of Holi (also known as Dhulandi) is celebrated every year in early spring, typically on the day after the full moon in early March. The Holi festival celebrates good over evil and is to remind us to always keep faith in ourselves. It’s one of the best ways to welcome spring.
At the fervent celebration, people may throw powdered color (gulal) or water balloons at each other, accompanied by Bollywood beats, dancing, and a general sense of wild abandon and unbridled joy. At some Holi celebrations, the color craziness is optional–it can be a very messy celebration.
If you plan to participate in throwing colors, wear something comfortable that you are willing to stain (an inexpensive white t-shirt is perfect). Colors are cornstarch based and safe natural colors. They can be (mostly) dusted off. There may not be water available at the event for wash up, but soap and water at home will do the trick.
To assist in cleanup, you may want to apply a moisturizer to skin and coat your hair with a small amount of coconut or olive oil before heading to a Holi event. And don’t forget to bring something to protect your car seats for the ride home.
Seattle Holi Festivals 2019
(If nothing is listed below, there are no upcoming holi festivals in our calendar. We usually update the holi festivals in early spring for events during the current year.)