Holi

Come and learn about the colourful Hindu festival of Holi with us, and find some fun Holi crafts and printables to enjoy!

Holi is a spring festival full of colour, singing and dancing! Although as an ancient religious Hindu festival it is observed particularly in India and Nepal, it is becoming popular with many non-Hindus in South Asia and around the world. And it's not surprising! Celebrations start with a Holika bonfire on the night before, and people gather to sing and dance. On the morning of Holi the real fun begins, and men and women, boys and girls, one and all, chase each other around with dry paint or coloured water, in water pistols or balloons! Can you imagine that? It would be a good idea to wear your old clothes on Holi! There are parades and music and everywhere is a riot of colour, and colourful people!

In the evening people get cleaned up and then go out to visit family and friends and share Holi delicacies.

The date of Holi varies every year, sometimes falling in February but most often in March. In 2018 Holi will be celebrated on 2nd March.

Holi Activities for Kids

Holi Colouring Pages
We have just a small collection of holi colouring pages right now, but more scheduled soon. You...
Holi Crafts
Holi is a wonderful excuse to get crafty with bright colours! We really had fun with these new...
Holi Printables
Lots NEW! Choose from Holi posters, printable cards, word cards for vocabulary, and more - all to...
Holi Puzzles
Print out our Holi puzzles and get the brains working! Try a boggler puzzle or a word search for...
Holi Worksheets
Holi is about colour, and fun, and also about a big bonfire and the story of Prahlad and Holika....
The Story of Prahlad and Holika
There are many legends associated with Holi, all celebrating the triump of good over evil. The word...

More Holi Traditions

In Jaipur, there is a special tradition for Holi - the elephant festival! Elephant owners paint beautiful decorations onto their elephants and cover them with jewelled and embroidered cloths. There is music and dancing and an elephant parade - what a spectacle! We have some lovely decorated elephant colouring pages for you to explore, as well as some "decorate your own elephant" activities.

Jaipur elephant festival

The Story of Prahlad and Holika

Many legends are associated with Holi - particularly the story of the demon king Hiranyakashyap, his son Prahlad and his sister Holika. We have a fun set of story activities to explore.

The Story of Prahlad and Holika
The Story of Prahlad and Holika

Bonfires

Bonfires are a traditional part of the Holi celebrations, and in some parts of India, an effigy of Holika is burned on the bonfire. We've included lots of bonfire activities throughout our Holi pages.

More Holi Ideas

Holi is all about colour, paint and bonfires! Why not explore some more ideas...

Colour
Colour

Painting Projects
Painting Projects

Children enjoying Holi

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