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Holi is one of the most anticipated festivals celebrated to usher in the spring season. Also known as the festival of colours, Holi is celebrated with friends and families in many parts of the word, including Pakistan.

Here is all you need to know about the celebration of the Festival of Colours in Pakistan.

Holi 2022 in Pakistan date and time

The festival of Holi usually falls in February-March according to the Gregorian calendar. This year, Holi will be celebrated on 18 March, while Holika Dahan will be observed on the evening of 17 March 2022.

Holi 2022 celebrations in Pakistan

Holi celebrations in Pakistan share many similarities with those of the rest of the world, albeit with minor differences.

Hindus from the Lahore and Sindh region in Pakistan visit temples to celebrate the festival of Holi. People in the city of Karachi celebrate the Holi festival each year at entertaining events involving music, dancing and colour smearing in the spirit of the Holi festival.

People meet up with their friends and family and prepare delicacies like gujiyas, papri and dahi badas. People also visit community centres or religious temples the night before Holi in Karachi and Lahore to light the bonfire, signifying good over evil. They celebrate the festival by singing sacred bhajans and hymns while distributing sweets and food among themselves. The following day people enjoy themselves by zealously throwing fists of vibrant coloured powders and squirting water through pichkaris at each other.

People from Hindu community celebrating Holi in Multan in 2018.(Abdul Sattar Qamar/PPI Images).

Where is Holi celebrated in Pakistan?

Holi is celebrated as a private celebration by the minority community of Hindus in Pakistan. People gather at community centres or religious temples like the Swami Narayan Mandir, Krishna Mandir and Aggarwal Ashram in Lahore on the occasion of Holi.

Holi is sometimes also celebrated at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Many of these events are organized by local councils like the Pakistan Hindu Council, Hindu Welfare Council or the locals who wish to have small intimate celebrations.

The Holi season is the best time to celebrate the arrival of summer and mingle and enjoy the season’s festivities.