Here’s How India Celebrates Holi, Its Festival Of Colors

One of the worst parts of being Indian is when people feel the inexplicable desire to tell you how much they love the food. (“Thanks, my great great grandfather invented chicken tikka masala,” has never not been bought hook, line, and sinker by anyone non-Indian I tell, anyways.) But one of the best parts of being Indian is when people feel the inexplicable desire to tell you how much they love the colorful culture, because hot damn, so do we! Enter, Holi.

Holi, the Hindu festival of lights, is celebrated to usher in the spring in India and is often also known as the festival of love. Hindus and non-Hindus alike celebrate by throwing huge outdoor water fights, complete with giant bins teeming with brightly colored cornstarch, or gulal, to throw at each other. Community members show up wearing all white, toting buckets of water and water guns, and cut loose for hours, going home covered in virtually every color of the rainbow. I can say this with zero bias: it is the most fun you can have with your clothes on.

While Holi is celebrated all around the world, if you’re stuck in New York like I am and Snow-li hasn’t caught on in your neck of the woods either, here’s how India is celebrating its most colorful festival. And since every good Holi needs even better music, below are two classic Bollywood songs — celebrating Holi, natch — to listen while you click through. Happy Holi!