We are launching our World Literary Tour and inviting all of our partners along for the ride. Each month we will be highlighting a different destination with our recommended lists, from which you will learn interesting facts about the languages, cultures, and literature. Travel the world with featured content each month and discover something new with each trip!

All aboard the World Literary Tour

Last month we celebrated Lunar Near Year in Beijing, and our next stop is Udaipur, India to see the beautiful Holi festival. This is a Hindu festival celebrated every March, as a mark of of the beautiful spring after a long winter. The night before the day of the festival, large pyres are lit with fire to symbolize the burning of evil spirits. The next day, people gather across cities like Udaipur to throw yellow, green, and red colored powder at one another, along with spraying water guns and throwing colored water balloons. After this vast display of color, families and friends gather to feast at the end of the day.

Overall, the Holi festival is practiced differently in every city, and within every family, based on their own customs. While this festival is a tradition for the Hindu religion, many people outside of this religion across India participate in the festivities.

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Visit Marketplace to see our lists of titles, including content in 7 of the 22 official languages communicated in India. Want to find the latest from our Indian publishers? Check out our Just In! from Indian Publishers list. We also have titles for juvenile and young adult fiction, adult fiction and nonfiction, and much more.

We hope you enjoy learning more about India’s cultures, and take some time to check out the wonderful content collections from our Indian publisher partners!