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Phagu Poornima or Holi Festival

Holi is the festival of colours. It is celebrated for eight days just before the full moon of the month of Phalgun (full moon day of March-April), during which time townsmen indulge in throwing powdered pigments at each other. The festival of colour gets always heralded by the raising of a wooden pole, known as chir, festooned with colourful streamers beside the old royal palace at Basantapur (the Kathmandu Durbar Square). The Holi festival gets organized under the supervision of the Guthi office, the Religious Endowments of Government, and celebrated with joy and gaiety all over the country. It gets terminated with the burning of the pole on the night preceding the Phalgun full moon, the full moon day of Phalgun.

In Newari Buddhist communities of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur, there are different beliefs and practices. In Kathmandu, it is known by ‘Guhuru Nyayekegu’, and on this day the devotees take part in the chariot procession of the statue of Chakramanshila around Thamel, Indrachowk, Banggemuda and back to the Temple. On occasion, they also display and take in procession the precious four-books of Pragyaparamita written by Maha Manjushree, in gold and silver, while spending some time in Bikramshila Mahabihar in Thamel. In Bhaktapur, it gets celebrated as the holy sexual act of Bimsen and Droupati. In some places, the Holi gets celebrated relating to Hindu God Krishna and in some with the Prahalad. In general, it is a colourful festival celebrated by all ages and religions at the beginning of springtime.

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it is a colourful festival celebrated by all ages and religions at the beginning of springtime”