Holika Dahan - Udaipur, India
Holika Dahan is a Hindu celebration on the eve of Holi that consists of lighting bonfires which symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. Our tour company was able to secure us tickets to a private Holika Dahan celebration at the Royal Palace in Udaipur, which was a super awesome surprise for us! The royal family led the procession and festivities and afterwards there was dinner, drinks, and fireworks for all the guests in the courtyard. The attire was formal/traditional which was fun because that meant we got to go shopping! We went to a beautiful fabric store where we picked out our colors and materials and they custom made our attire and delivered to our hotel later that day for a really reasonable price. The celebration was a lot of fun, and overall, it was really neat to be able to be a part of a unique cultural experience!