Holi-Phagwa, also known as the Festival of Colors, is a Hindu spring festival that is primarily celebrated in India and Nepal. However, it is also celebrated by Hindu communities around the world, including in Rotterdam.
During the Holi festival, people throw brightly colored powder at each other and apply it to each other. The differences between religion or origin are no longer visible (since everyone is colored by all the colors of the powder); societal boundaries between social classes, young and old, rich or poor, disappear. On this one day, all people are equal. Cultural richness, joy, mutual respect, and tolerance make the Holi festival unforgettable every year.
Holi festival in Rotterdam
In Rotterdam, you need to be at the Zuiderpark for the Holi Colour Sensation event. It takes place on a Saturday in early March. In addition to powder cannons and food trucks, there are all kinds of cool performances. The entire event is free to attend, and you do not need to arrange an entrance ticket in advance. Moreover, the coloured powder is sold on the festival grounds.
The next Holi Festival takes place on 11 March 2023.