Today, 24 March, is the first day of Holi, the Indian festival of color celebrated by Hindus and even non-hindus all over the world. In today’s 1 min read, we show you what this lively event is all about with these eight pictures. Holi is a two day festival- The first day is known as known as Holika Dohan or Chhoti Holi where a large bonfire is lit up as a symbolic reminder of good triumphing over evil. People sing, dance and party around the bonfire to celebrate the victory. The second day of the festival is called Rungwali Holi – People play, chase and smear each other with color dyes and water in a gigantic free-for -all. In the evening people tidy themselves up and go visit their friends and families. Holi holds great cultural significance; it is a festival to celebrate love and the coming of spring. It is seen as a day for getting rid of past errors and forgiving each other. The festival also marks the first day of the Hindu calendar and among the rural communities, it is celebrated as a thanksgiving for good harvest. The customs and rituals of the ancient festival vary with regions. In some states of India, the occasion of Holi lasts for more than a week or even a month and clay huts or thatched hay are burned instead of wood. In Braj, there is an occasion called Lath Mar Holi where women are allowed to beat men with sticks. After a full day of playing with colors, people clean themselves up and dress in their best clothes. Various Holi delicacies and drinks are served to guests and relatives. Holi has gained popularity all over the world in recent years. In the US, Holi is celebrated as the festival of colors and people attend Holi-inspired social events to mark the occasion. The changing of season can cause fever and cold. The colored powder used in Holi is traditionally made of Indian medicinal herbs which are thought to help protect against illnesses.