Not sure when the exact date is for March but I have been told the 17th and also the 25th. I was told the 25th by a Hindu friend of mine (Holi is a Hindu Festival) so I would go with that.
Thing is Full Moon dates do vary depending on where you are in the world although I wouldn't think they would vary very much. For the U.K. it is definitely the 25th but I do not know the exact date for India. If someone can find out when the Full Moon is in Goa in March then that's when the Holi Festival is.
Is it just for the day or do the celebrations go on for a while.
we wanted to go over for the start but the only flight we could get was on the 25th of march, be good if we can catch the last of it. will send an email to find out when it will be lit.
I seen a group of men in Calangute fighting, obviously all drunk and covered in paint...quite a spectacle
Went to the football pitch between candolim and calangute and picked up the proceedings from there.
The locals were just getting the locals, but alas i had a few pints that day and it was all fair game i ended up throwing some colour through the bus windows the next thing the locals were jumping on the buses and getting everyone on the bus and jumping off the back. Taxis taking ppl for meals were an easy target and even got some german i think woman who had stopped her bike about 20 yards away to do a u turn run like a madman caught her and threw a load of red colour down her back, she stopped 10 yards further down screaming abuse at the locals who were falling around laughing. She did have a nice white suit on though
Would recommend it to everyone but please do not wear anything you are not prepared to throw away, and also remember you will be stiill a very silly colour for a few days. Think it took 5 days of scrubbing to get nails clean.
Glad you had a nice hols enjoyed your pics
looks like you were having a great time.
Generally the locals will leave the tourists alone unless you show an interest in having a bit of holi fun!!! You do get the odd person who will chuck it over anyone and anything....so watch out!!!
As previous said, Holi lasts for about a week, and it is great fun, the powder is like the powder paint you had at school so dunno if that will affect your wife.
Also as said dont wear anything decent as it will just go in the bin as it will be trashed, on a side note the areas that are celebrating are highlighted in the press the day before so you will have advanced warning.
If there is a way of testing your wifes allergy when you get there or if it is a problem book her into a health shop so she can get pampered and then get yourself into the celebrations as its an experience not to be missed.
Heres some pictures of the last holi in candolim
Also a trick we found out after we got covered was to 1 wear a head scarf and 2 cover your hands and face etc with coconut oil as this helps get the colour off rather than spending days of scrubbing.
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