The festival of Holi is celebrated in early March. Originally a festival to celebrate good harvests and fertility of the land, Holi is now a symbolic commemoration of a legend from Hindu Mythology. Bonfires are lit on street corners to cleanse the air of evil spirits and bad vibes, and to symbolise the destruction of the wicked Holika, for whom the festival was named.
On the following day people throw coloured water and apply Gulal –coloured powder on forehead of people and embrace each other. It is very joyous festival. Although Holi is observed all over the north, it's celebrated with special joy and zest at Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandgaon, and Banaras. These towns were the playground of Lord Krishna.