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People pay or forgive debts, as well as deal anew with those in their lives.
Holi also marks the start of spring, for many the start of the new year, an occasion for people to enjoy the changing seasons and make new friends.
The Holi festival has a cultural significance among various Hindu traditions of the Indian subcontinent.
month of Phalguna, which falls somewhere between the end of February and the middle of March in the Gregorian calendar.Water guns and water-filled balloons are also used to play and colour each other.Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders.A mural in the Lahore Fort was sponsored by Ranjit Singh and it showed the Hindu god Krishna playing Holi with gopis.After the death of Ranjit Singh, his Sikh sons and others continued to play Holi every year with colours and lavish festivities.The festivities officially usher in spring, with Holi celebrated as a festival of love.In his youth, Krishna despaired whether the fair-skinned Radha and other girls would like him because of his skin colour.People visit family, friends and foes to throw coloured powders on each other, laugh and gossip, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks.There is a symbolic legend to explain why Holi is celebrated as a festival of colours in the honour of Hindu god Vishnu and his follower Prahlada.Holi was observed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh and his Sikh Empire that extended across what are now northern parts of India and Pakistan.According to a report by Tribune India, Sikh court records state that 300 mounds of colours were used in 1837 by Ranjit Singh and his officials in Lahore.