A few days have been left for Holi and in India, streets are already decorated with flowers and tinsel all over to celebrate this great festival. But you might be unaware of the fact that the Holi is celebrated beyond Indian boundaries as well. There are so many countries outside India where the joy of Holi among people is incomparable.
Holi, the festival of colors might be an Indian festival but the enthusiasm of this popular Indian festival is popular globally. Of course in India, people celebrate Holi with joy and see it as a commencement of spring season or victory of good over evil but in foreign people don’t know such definitions. The only thing they know is that the Holi is a festival of joy, colors, merriment, celebration, enthusiasm, and happiness. It is the only festival after Diwali that is celebrated with so much joy and enthusiasm. Today, we are going to introduce you to some cities and countries to celebrate Holi outside India. Despite being located outside India, the charisma of the Holi festival in these international cities is unmatchable. So have a look at the list to decide where you want to visit this year to celebrate the famous festival of colors.
List of Places outside India to Celebrate Holi
1. London, UK
How Big Ben city did not come on the list when it’s about an Indian festival. London in England might be located a thousand miles away from India but the huge masses of Indians there never forget to celebrate their Indian culture, no matter where they have moved to. Half of the population in London is from India hence the celebration of Indian festivals like Holi and Diwali are celebrated here with enthusiasm. Not only the migrated Indians but London residents also put their presence and help Indians in arrangements to celebrate the festival of colors with utmost merriment.
There are some beautiful historic sites in London like the Neasden Temple, The City Pavilion, and Wembley Park where people will get the best glimpses of the Holi festival. Apart from this, several fests are organized by Indian folks in London where you can visit to witness Indian culture and celebrate Holi as well.
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2. Port Louis, Mauritius
Hinduism is not just a community it’s a feeling and half of the Mauritius population follow Hinduism. Hence we consider Mauritius is the best country outside India to celebrate Holi. There are plenty of beaches on the Mauritius coast that offer the best Holi revelry. From partying in the daytime to lit bonfires in the evening when the sun sets, all this comes under the celebration of Holi in Mauritius. In Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius the Holi is celebrated by applying natural fower extracts called as gulal on the face, throwing balloons filled with colored waters, and spraying water cannons to make the people get a dip in holy fever.
3. Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu, the neighboring country of India, also gets affected by Indian culture and celebrates Holi with extreme joy. Most of Nepal celebrates Holi and it is a 3-day festival there. On the first-day people burn chir (wooden logs decorated with colorful clothes) to symbolize the end of the old year and the beginning of the fresh one. On the following day, they lit bonfires that symbolize the death of the demoness Holika. Then finally the third day arrived when people gathered in open space, usually a decorated park or ground, and painted one another with powdered colors from head to toe to celebrate the victory of good over evil. Moreover, delicious feasts, drinks, dance, and singing activities are done for enjoyment.
4. Berlin, Germany
The chaotic spectrum of color in various parts of Germany is common during the festival of Holi but the most enchanting scenes come from Berlin. Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Munich have also started to follow the Indian traditions and culture since the past few years and the Holy feast there is organized in a memorable way. They throw colors, paint waters on one another, dancing and singing performances are organized by the people of the Indian community which goes crazy due to the excitement of people in Berlin. So, if you are planning to spend Holi outside India then you can definitely put Berlin on your list.
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5. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town in South Africa is the prime spot where all Hindu festivals are celebrated joyfully regardless of the religious barrier. Yes, Cape town never puts itself behind when it’s about celebrating Hindu festivals. From Johannesburg to Durban, the entire country is decorated with blossom flowers but the vibe Cape Town offers is truly heart whelming. The colored powders are splashed in the air making the atmosphere feel festive and over that the loud music with different types of food on the table is hard to resist.
6. Toronto, Canada
Canada is often referred to as mini Punjab because more than half the population residing there are Punjabis and migrated from India. So how does Canada stay behind in celebration of Holi? From the colored party to Bollywood-themed dance events, the whole of Toronto submerges in the festive vibe of Holi. If you want to make your Holi 2022 experience truly unforgettable then visit Toronto and participate in the colorful events. These events continue for two days and include various activities for the enjoyment of folks.
7. Spanish Fork, Utah, USA
The Holi never makes us imagine a place outside India but the Holi peeks you get in Spanish Fork in the USA is unmatchable. It will make you feel like you have landed in a completely different nation when your get to hear the slow chaining of ‘Hare Krishna Hare Rama’ everywhere in the town. The streets and residential complexes are decorated with flowers and events are arranged in order to calibrate holy with zeal and vivacity. There are various destination across the USA where you will get the best Holi experience outside India but the Krishna temple in Spanish Fork offer the most incredible vibe during Holi. Also, the decorum of the temple attracts around one lakh people across the globe annually and most of them visit the temple duriHindundu festivals.
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8. Melbourne, Australia
In Melbourne, the way of celebrating Holi is similar to that of India. There are a couple of places across the countries that offer you the opportunities to celebrate the Holi Festival with extreme pleasure and contentment. It is one of the popular Hindu festivals in which people more know about merriment. Alcohol-free drinks with snacks, sweets, and colors are arranged followed by cultural events including DJ night, rain dancing floor arrangements, and multicultural exhibitions to make the people feel like it’s Holi in Melbourne. The event coordinator distributes skin-friendly color across the event that is splashed on one other as a part of the enjoyment. Majorly harmless and skin-friendly colors are used to avoid body rashes. These colors are easy to clean and harmless to the skin.
Singapore is a popular island city in Asia that has plenty of Indian and non-Indian residents who celebrate Indian festivals with extreme joy and pleasure. Regarding nationality and religion, people came forward to put their efforts into the Holi celebration and make this festival memorable for Hindus. The way people celebrate Holi in Singapore is completely different from the way people celebrate it here in India. The extravagant events and fun parties with traditional feasts and drinks cant be seen here in India but in Singapore all such things are common.
Additionally, people organize various events like Rang Barsay, Rang De Holi, DJ night, games, and cocktail parties to make them even more memorable and delightful for all.
10. New York City, USA
New York is a much more eclectic city than many in the USA. The entire New Yorkers came together in celebrations and festivals that make this city even more worth visiting on festivals. In Holi, people join the large community in New York to celebrate the festival with joy and positivity. Participants throw colored powder on one another and splash balloons filled with colored water and wear white clothes so that colors pop out brightly on them. Moreover, in several places in New York on Holi, people organize cultural events, followed by snacks, drinks, and sweets to boost the energy of the participants.
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No matter, where you are residing, Indian culture and tradition are so strong that they will follow you everywhere. So no worries if you are outside India this Holi season, you will definitely get a place nearby you where you can celebrate it like you are in your own country. In this list, we have informed you about the ten best places to celebrate Holi outside India but there are many more places that are still unrevealed.