Holi is the Hindu festival of the spring equinox. It is celebrated throughout India, for two days during the full moon of the month of Phalguna, in February-March. Holi is dedicated to Krishna in northern India and Kama in the south. It is celebrated with particular fervor in the region of Mathura, the birthplace of Krishna. The festival there lasts for ten days.

During the Holi, social barriers get broken, people feast together, regardless of differences in age, sex, status and caste. It is the time when the castes mingle, where the lower have the right to insult those to whom they had to bow throughout the year. Rich and poor, men and women, all celebrate together. The atmosphere is about excitement, pleasure and joy.