Holi Festival

Posted in Festivals at 11:23 pm by www.PHALANO.com

Holi or Fagu festival is being celebrated by smearing Abeer (red vermilion powder) and throwing colour and water-filled balloons at each other. An important festival of the Nepalese people, Holi begins on the eighth day of the new moon and ends with the burning of the “Cheer’, which was installed earlier, on the full moon day Saturday.

The festival revolves around mythology of the demon king Hiranya Kashyapu ordering his sister Holika to enter a fire 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 catch was that Holika wouldn’t burn in the fire because of a boon she had received from god. But it so happened that the fire burned Holika whereas Pralhad remained unharmed and came out of the fire still chanting the name of god.

Cshandra Shekhar Karki चन्द्र शेखर कार्की
Photo: Chandra Shekhar Karki

From then onwards, the festival has been celebrated by smearing colour in enjoyment. There is also a saying that Lord Bishnu had told Holika that the boon she had received would be meaningless if it was misused.

तस्बिरः चन्द्र शेखर कार्की/विकास रौनियार/प्रकाश माथेमा/राजेश केसीविकास रौनियार

वसन्तऋतुको आगमनसँगै फागु पर्वले उपत्यकालगायत बाहिर पनि जमिन रंगमय बनायो । राजधानीभित्र धेरैले अबिर रंग दलेर र पानी छ्यापाछ्याप गरि फागु मनाए । कतिपय विदेशी पर्यटकहरू पनि राताम्मे देखिन्थे । उपत्यकामा फागु शुक्लको दिन बसन्तपुरमा चिर स्थापना गरेर फागु शुभारम्भ गरिन्छ । तराईमा भने यो पर्व पुर्णिमाको भोलीपल्ट मात्र मनाइन्छ । ग्रन्थअनुसार प्रल्हाद र होलिका, श्रीकृष्ण र गोपिनीहरुको प्रसंगबाट यो पर्व मनाईंदै आएको छ । अहिले यो रमाइलो चाडको आकर्षण युवा पुस्तामा बढदो छ । कतिपय युवाहरूमा भने फागु शुक्लपक्ष अष्टमी देखीनै यो पर्वको रौनक देखिन्छ । 03.14.06

Photo: Rajesh KC

प्रकाश माथेमा
Photo: Prakash Mathema

चन्द्र शेखर कार्की
Photo: Chandra Shekhar Karki

प्रकाश माथेमा विकास रौनियार
Photos: Prakash Mathema/Bikas Rauniar

Photo: Rajesh KC

प्रकाश माथेमा
Photo: Prakash Mathema

प्रकाश माथेमा
Photo: Prakash Mathema

विकास रौनियार
Photo: Bikas Rauniar

Photo: Rajesh KC

Photos: Rajesh KC

Photo: Rajesh KC


  1. Kumar karki Doha, Qatar said,

    March 29, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Nice pictures kep it up………………………………………..

    Happy Holi to all neplease who are staying out of country.

  2. binod/ brisbane said,

    March 30, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    missing all those days in which we used to play holi very fabuluously.
    thx for all these lovely pics which makes me miss all those days


    March 31, 2008 at 7:58 pm


  4. Bhim/Texas said,

    April 1, 2008 at 12:14 am

    raang barse bhige chunarwahali raang barse!!

  5. Gopal Krishna Maharjan/Wisconsin,USA said,

    April 3, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Holi. A festival of love and friendship. The day to forget animosity, and be reconciliated. Splashing colour and water balloons in the warm weather. Oh my God I miss it so much.

  6. sapana shrestha/london said,

    April 19, 2008 at 3:19 am

    very good job
    remind me the days of holi missed those festivals.but great job thank s phalano.com for the colourful pictures

  7. Bishal Kuikel (Singapore) said,

    May 7, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Naturally Nepal……..
    Once is not enough……….

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    May 8, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    […] ネパールのフォトブログPHALANO.comは、ホーリーまたはファグ祭の写真を載せている。これは、互いアビル(赤色顔料の粉)を塗りつけ、顔料や水の入った風船をに投げあって祝う、ネパールの人びとにとって重要な祭りだ。 […]

  9. PRINCE / dubai said,

    June 18, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Some moments money cannot buy.
    miss all those time

  10. PRINCE / dubai said,

    June 18, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    TRUE COLORS OF NEPAL!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Gyanu Nepal, The Hauge said,

    July 1, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Holi ra HOLI

  12. sanjay kumar yadav janakpur jhitkohiya. said,

    July 30, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    holi ke shubh apsar par hardik shubh kamna aich sabhe mithla basi ke. our specialy happy holi for all of Nepalies.

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