Get an Up-Close Look at the Colorful Holi Festival | National Geographic

  • Published on Sep 10, 2017
  • See clouds of neon-colored powder envelop villages across India during Holi Festival. Each year, crowds gather to celebrate the beginning of spring with an explosion of color, traditional folk music, and more.
    ➡ Subscribe:
    About National Geographic:
    National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible.
    Get More National Geographic:
    Official Site:
    Get an Up-Close Look at the Colorful Holi Festival | National Geographic
    National Geographic

Comments • 159

  • GoGoMong고고몽
    GoGoMong고고몽 2 months ago


  • K J
    K J 2 months ago


  • MizIron Box
    MizIron Box 4 months ago

    Indians bought this to Trinidad ages ago. Praise God!

  • Visit Hindustan with us

    Happy holi

  • BombDefuser6710 Kraken
    BombDefuser6710 Kraken 6 months ago

    I once did this at my school because someone was Indian and came to the school but it rained

  • One Punch
    One Punch 6 months ago +26

    We needs this as a national holiday in America. It looks so fun

    • W.J.R. Halyn
      W.J.R. Halyn 17 days ago

      Who cleans up the tons of powder in hundreds of cities afterwards?
      Some churches don't even let people throw confetti or rice anymore because of clean-up costs. ;-)

    • MizIron Box
      MizIron Box 4 months ago +1


    • Barbie Girl
      Barbie Girl 4 months ago

      we have a color run

    • MD Munna
      MD Munna 6 months ago


  • 101Queenisis
    101Queenisis 7 months ago +1

    Lord, I think I’m going to go today!! I’ve Always wanted to !! I wonder if I’ll be the only black Woman there??!! Lol! Happy Holi y’all!

    • Sanskar Gupta
      Sanskar Gupta 5 months ago +1

      You should go to celebrate it. You will be more than welcomed there.
      And if you worry about being black, just you should know that this festival is also celebrated so that everyone celebrates without knowing differences because everyone is drenched in colour. ☺️

  • mr shad shah
    mr shad shah 7 months ago

    Randi ki tarah nachri hei bC....whole family is mad😂

    • boss is back
      boss is back 7 months ago +5

      Just like your sister
      Abusing someone is the only thing people like you know .
      I can also say something about muslim women but i wont .

  • Mercy
    Mercy 7 months ago +1


  • Asha Sana
    Asha Sana 7 months ago +9

    Anyone in Holi 2019

    • 101Queenisis
      101Queenisis 7 months ago

      Yep I’m going to the one in durham N.C.

  • W.J.R. Halyn
    W.J.R. Halyn 7 months ago +2

    Not wishing to be the fly in the ointment, but has anyone researched what breathing in all that coloured powder clouding the streets does to one's lungs?
    Lovely colours and all, and quite the celebration, but those clouds of powder being breathed in........

    • W.J.R. Halyn
      W.J.R. Halyn 17 days ago

      @Shalendra Singh Millions of people SMOKE every day of every year, and it takes years for the effects of THAT to make itself known. I guess it's no biggy for a once-a-year thing...... but nobody's researched it (that I've heard, anyway), so nobody knows one way or the other.

    • Shalendra Singh
      Shalendra Singh 17 days ago

      @W.J.R. Halyn the fact that millions of people of all ages celebrate it EVERY YEAR should have been enough for you to know that it doesn't do anything

    • W.J.R. Halyn
      W.J.R. Halyn 7 months ago

      @101Queenisis Whoa! Just asking, is all.
      BTW, it appears you meant to spell "than" instead of "that", and "breathe" instead of "breath". Never mind about the "u" for "you"... ;-)

    • 101Queenisis
      101Queenisis 7 months ago

      Then don’t come!! It’s better that exhaust u breath Daily!!

  • Jade_Evanora
    Jade_Evanora 7 months ago +3

    That looks amazing! It looks like so much fun! I have asthma though and all that powder would really hurt to breathe in :(

    • K .H
      K .H 6 months ago


  • Rustic Kumar
    Rustic Kumar 7 months ago +5

    My favourite festival in indian Holi.

  • Ajit Kumar
    Ajit Kumar 7 months ago


  • Árún FóGó
    Árún FóGó 7 months ago +5

    Happy Holi :)

  • Árún FóGó
    Árún FóGó 7 months ago +18

    Nice background music, who played it?

    • Monkey Playz
      Monkey Playz 4 months ago

      Its a genre

    • Árún FóGó
      Árún FóGó 7 months ago +1

      @Duckman1616 I got it. Thank You

    • Duckman1616
      Duckman1616 7 months ago +3

      It's called boom boom by photronique. Though you'll have to find an instrumental version of it.

  • Coconut ScienceGirl92
    Coconut ScienceGirl92 8 months ago

    Is it safe to like...breathe...though? 😐

    • Whatsapp Videos and GIF's
      Whatsapp Videos and GIF's 7 months ago +2

      No its not safe thats why we are billion people and celebrating holi for hundreds of year.

    • LeanqX
      LeanqX 8 months ago +2

      Yes! Why do u think ppl would do it if its not safe?!?!

  • yadig k
    yadig k 8 months ago +4

    not only in India and Nepal also in my country

    • Azune Ana
      Azune Ana 7 months ago

      @yadig k Um, it's only due to Indian citizens living there, or those of Indian origin so this is celebrated by Indian people only

    • yadig k
      yadig k 7 months ago

      Ruth Mitt england

    • Houston Rockets
      Houston Rockets 7 months ago

      ashreena m what country?

    • Ajay Yadav
      Ajay Yadav 7 months ago


  • Clyde the Glide
    Clyde the Glide 8 months ago +7

    You can only hope all that powder has a fragrance to it.

    • Khushboo Dhingra
      Khushboo Dhingra 7 months ago +6

      Cleat Dog You can only hope that the Guns in your country aren't loaded.

  • Ashish M
    Ashish M 8 months ago

    Looks extreme, probably event organised for nat geo to shoot

    • Shalendra Singh
      Shalendra Singh 17 days ago

      It's not organised for Natgeo to shoot, it's been shot in a very famous temple of lord Krishna in Mathura. People from all over the country go to the temple during Holi every year to be able to celebrate it in the temple with the god

    • sanjay singh
      sanjay singh 8 months ago +2

      Its mathura

  • Lolotte
    Lolotte 11 months ago +1

    What's the music? That mix is great!

  • DunktownExpress
    DunktownExpress 11 months ago +5

    Im just here wondering who the in the world cleans up after that?

  • Lamia MJ
    Lamia MJ Year ago +7

    Wow, mine county BD(bangladesh) could use Holi day,
    spreading color's of love passion sky nature gold ect...

  • Esc esc
    Esc esc Year ago +1

    Bize izletilen filmdeki festiwaller qibi deil biraz irenc duruo ama insanlar mutlu ..

  • David Anaide
    David Anaide Year ago +2

    Name of music please

  • Clorox Bleach
    Clorox Bleach Year ago +19

    I'll add this on my bucketlist😉

  • praveen sharma
    praveen sharma Year ago


  • Arun kumar jee
    Arun kumar jee Year ago

    Very nice holi colour

  • Mujtaba Abbas
    Mujtaba Abbas Year ago +70

    Happy Holy for all hindu Community 💟

    • Asha Sana
      Asha Sana 7 months ago +1

      It's Holi not holy. Never mind. Same to you

  • Nincum Chupchup
    Nincum Chupchup Year ago +1

    Holi is the grand culmination of the month long celebrations of the Spring AKA Vasant in which Kamdeva - God Of Love & Love, is the main theme, who has been replaced by Krishna now

  • Neha Vikas
    Neha Vikas Year ago

    Suppeeerrrr likeee

  • Justin Nault
    Justin Nault Year ago +2

    Sharon High School

  • adriana camilleri
    adriana camilleri Year ago +1

    In which city is this located please?

    • Shalendra Singh
      Shalendra Singh 17 days ago

      This particular clip is from Mathura but Holi is celebrated all over the country

    • Priyanka Dubey
      Priyanka Dubey 8 months ago +4

      Mathura, situated in uttar Pradesh of india

  • Prashant Chavan
    Prashant Chavan 2 years ago

    It's our Rave Party ... Huge events are organised for holi we dance , play, colour our friends.But in sophisticated way unlike the one shown in video

    • Shalendra Singh
      Shalendra Singh 17 days ago

      Honestly if you are playing HOLI in a sophisticated way, you aren't playing it properly. BTW it's not a rave party, it has got a story to it, a meaning to it

    • Jitendra Singh
      Jitendra Singh 7 months ago +3

      It is not a rave party.

  • Manoj Kumar V
    Manoj Kumar V 2 years ago +1

  • Martin
    Martin 2 years ago +32

    the music is a banger

  • Patrick Coston
    Patrick Coston 2 years ago +4

    I wonder if there are health risks to breathing in those particles

    • Thor hammer
      Thor hammer Year ago +1

      Patrick Coston no don't wonder we don't need your concern.

    • Jjkhjgkjhkjb hgjhghnjn
      Jjkhjgkjhkjb hgjhghnjn Year ago

      I celebrated holi fa fa for la la la last 16 years. IIIIII goay no meh mental problems. So fresh fish are expensive. You need not fear breathing particles. That is how scientists discovered god particle. See I a perfetlyyyy alright.

    • ss g
      ss g Year ago

      i think indians r not dieing out of the celebration of diwali and holi. do u know why ? cause they only celebrate it for once in a year.

    • Bhavan Rana
      Bhavan Rana 2 years ago +2

      Patrick Coston I am celebrating holi since last 20 years no problems till date!

  • Fairouz Birsiq
    Fairouz Birsiq 2 years ago +1

    هذه الصّباغ مواد كيماويه تؤثر على الانسان سلبا وتلوث المياه ...🤔

  • Manta Cesare Fabrizio
    Manta Cesare Fabrizio 2 years ago +15

    Some kind of contemporary remanaged tradition..! Call it, most properly, hindu rave party!!!

    • gulag master
      gulag master Year ago +6

      Manta Cesare Fabrizio wtf this is not a rave party. People play with colors and some get drunk. (which isn't necessary and not advisable because the occasion is considered connected to auspiciousness and getting drunk is not the proper way to celebrate it ). Having said that I repeat again it's not a rave party. A lot of foreigners think that this is a rave party but it's not

  • Zom Bee Nature
    Zom Bee Nature 2 years ago

    Is it food coloring or what? Does it hurt to breathe it? Do you cough out colors? I have wondered this every time I see videos of it. Please tell me!
    Everyone, please watch my tiny nature videos. There is no talking in them. Shhh!

    • Firoj Miyan
      Firoj Miyan 7 months ago


    • Bhavan Rana
      Bhavan Rana 2 years ago +1

      Zom Bee Nature its safe nothing happens...I've been celebrating since 18 years

  • 4 19
    4 19 2 years ago +14

    It looks lit

  • Jermaine Williams
    Jermaine Williams 2 years ago +2

    Doesn't that get in their eyes and mouths?Wth

  • Dzulfiqar Bagas Tito
    Dzulfiqar Bagas Tito 2 years ago +3

    Yeah.. please pollute our earth as you wish, india :)

    • Rana Ahemed
      Rana Ahemed 7 months ago

      Dzulfiqar Bagas Tito এ

    • Thor hammer
      Thor hammer Year ago

      Dzulfiqar Bagas Tito sure as you wish.

    • Shreyasi Acharya
      Shreyasi Acharya 2 years ago +12

      Yeah, seriously , like colors and water are considered more of a pollutant than industrial waste !!!

    • DarkSpartan23
      DarkSpartan23 2 years ago +35

      Yea cuz throwing powder made from flour, water, and food coloring is totally polluting the earth.

  • donttouchmeim steril
    donttouchmeim steril 2 years ago

    it's a dream to visit this festival but damn if i inhaled i think i'll die from suffocation with all that powder thrown at me

    • Thor hammer
      Thor hammer Year ago +3

      donttouchmeim steril yes you will die don't come to India we don't need you.

    • Swaraj Bikram Jena
      Swaraj Bikram Jena 2 years ago

      donttouchmeim steril lol if sm1 is using colour on ur face you have to close your eyes and stop inhaling for some time

  • Michael Cobbs
    Michael Cobbs 2 years ago +43

    I'm glad they posted this video. I've been searching for this video. Holi festival looks fun.

    • Jack Emanuel
      Jack Emanuel 5 months ago

      they like to dring banng witch contains weed. sounds good to me, i want to drink weed

  • TK Baha
    TK Baha 2 years ago +5

    better than commit crimes.

  • Shashank Gupta
    Shashank Gupta 2 years ago +6

    it's September and i m already waiting for March. the month of Holi

  • Alxa
    Alxa 2 years ago +16

    lung cancer

    • harmeet singh
      harmeet singh Year ago +8

      Almost 3 decades of my life in India and I have yet to even hear about a bad reaction because of Holi, let alone cancer. Get in touch with reality.

    • Thor hammer
      Thor hammer Year ago +7

      Alxa no you have brain cancer get a treatment.

    • Nincum Chupchup
      Nincum Chupchup Year ago +8

      Alxa herbal colors

    • gautam21
      gautam21 Year ago +7

      u r stupid ,ignorant....

  • gito and mito
    gito and mito 2 years ago +2

    It looks cool

  • Elle Woods
    Elle Woods 2 years ago +1

    The Name of the first song / music ?? Thank you 😀

  • Bulk Bogan
    Bulk Bogan 2 years ago +8

    Did u see that guy pooping?

    • Thor hammer
      Thor hammer Year ago +7

      Bulk Bogan yes I saw you 💩 here.

  • Dogifish
    Dogifish 2 years ago +2

    This looks fun :) But why the red color? Wouldn't blue or pink be better?

    • Kasi Viswanathan
      Kasi Viswanathan 10 months ago

      Valar Morghulis

    • raw Lemon
      raw Lemon Year ago +1

      Red is the most abundantly available colour from flowers which are used for making herbal colours thats why.

    • Mnemerii
      Mnemerii 2 years ago +6

      Dogifish oh they use all colours. It's smells great too !

  • Him
    Him 2 years ago +7

    Looks like hell. Being honest.

    • Ashutosh Nayak
      Ashutosh Nayak Year ago +22

      Beauty and hideousness lies in the eyes of the beholder

  • Darshan Sen - The Composer


    • Thor hammer
      Thor hammer Year ago +2

      Darshan Sen - The Composer yes it's known as mentality cancer get a check-up

    • Devil Elsa
      Devil Elsa Year ago +2

      No cancer this color powder are safe for everyone

  • Saurabh Yadav
    Saurabh Yadav 2 years ago +85

    India isn't a s##t country. Its just that we are a country of 1 billion people with very diverse culture. Hopefully, we will catch up with you western countries in terms of quality and infrastructure. all these problems can be eradicated by education. If enough of our people are liberated from poverty by education, then that day isn't far away where our country will join the list of developed nation!

    • Jack Emanuel
      Jack Emanuel 5 months ago

      @Existence Defies Logic india is actually much better off than many countries sourounding it, indias gdp per capita is higher than sri lanka, nepal, bangladesh, myanmar and pakistan

    • One Punch
      One Punch 6 months ago

      Your problems and country is very vast. India might need to break into different parts to help govern better. Like states or provinces that unite under one large government but instead of the government having to much power control and trying to supports all of its people and going into debt the government shouldn’t have too much control and should maybe think about becoming a constitutional republic. India can keep its culture, language and history but have a government system like the US, Canada , EU, and Australia and etc. I think India can do it. The first step would be to solve barbaric crimes against women especially and clean up your water systems.

    • Mr.CoolGuy
      Mr.CoolGuy 8 months ago

      What is that Diverse culture?

    • Corinne Germanotta
      Corinne Germanotta Year ago +2

      I think it's just that there are too many people.

  • Kbc
    Kbc 2 years ago +62

    Any #Indiansquad here
    This festival is just ❤

  • Kailash Choudhary
    Kailash Choudhary 2 years ago +85

    And it's celebrated in India and Nepal.

    • Zaua Zaua
      Zaua Zaua 7 months ago


    • sarthak K
      sarthak K 7 months ago

      its also celebrated in other countries

  • Karan Vir Singh
    Karan Vir Singh 2 years ago +23

    This level of celebrations take place in only few states of India. Majority of the people here celebrate holi only by worshipping fire and lord Vishnu. But diwali is celebrated countrywide with even more enthusiasm, especially in Northern India.

    • K .H
      K .H 6 months ago

      @fillmeupwithjoohoney _ to be honest Tamil nadu and Southern Karnataka

    • Jitendra Singh
      Jitendra Singh 7 months ago

      It is also celebrated in manipur.

    • fillmeupwithjoohoney _
      fillmeupwithjoohoney _ 7 months ago

      Few states!? Which state in India doesn't celebrate holi can you tell?

    • _myth_ 4ever
      _myth_ 4ever 7 months ago

      With your well frog knowledge oh yes.
      Holi is celebrated in Eastern India by the name of Basanta utsav. Its much more fun here.

    • Sameer Rathore
      Sameer Rathore Year ago +2

      Roy...That is quite funny you to spout this bs.
      Cause just a few days ago, I celebrated a grand Holi Kerala.

  • Mohamed Farouk
    Mohamed Farouk 2 years ago +29

    Finally you gave up on the all caps policy. Please, do that with all of your videos. It's much easier to read than the all caps thing.

    • Mohamed Farouk
      Mohamed Farouk 2 years ago +1

      I wasn't talking about the title. I was talking about the written information inside the video. NatGeo always types the info in caps, which becomes difficult to read.

    • Vector Sigma
      Vector Sigma 2 years ago

      The thing is, the title of something, a video, or document or anything, is supposed to be capitalized, that way it looks better, formal and proper. So, I guess English isn't your main language, so it's better not to say that.

  • SnowyyPlayz
    SnowyyPlayz 2 years ago +3

    2nd comment