New Delhi: Google is celebrating the Hindu festival of Holi with one of its famous doodles, this time a bright, colourful illustration.
Also known as ‘the festival of colours’ or ‘the festival of spring’, Holi is celebrated around the world, but particularly in Nepal and India. In South Asia, it typically marks the start of long, hot months head.
The Google Doodle artwork shows people splashing paint on each other, with an orange elephant trunk curling across the front. Holi is split into two events: Holika Dahan and Rangwali Holi. This year they fall on 20 March and 21 March respectively.
Holika Dahan is the evening before the more famous, colourful festivities, and involves the ritual burning of pyres. The lighting of bonfires is done to symbolise good triumphing over evil.Colours are key to Holi celebrations, with different colours holding different meanings in the Hindu faith. For example, green represents new beginnings.
The timing of Holi — or ‘the festival of spring’ — depends on the moon, so the date changes every year.