Ticketed Holi celebrations are reportedly being held in various cities of United Kingdom and Germany in July and August and a ticket can sometimes cost about $56. Such celebrations are usually held from 12:00 to 22:00, sometimes followed by an after party in a local club in the surrounding area.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a
statement in Nevada (USA) today, stressed that commercialization of a
Hindu festival was highly inappropriate as it took the sanctity out
of the religious festival.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of
Hinduism, argued that celebration of Holi festival world-over by
anybody/anygroup was welcome but commercialization, which had been
dramatically escalating recently, was not appropriate.
Rajan Zed pointed out that Hindu festivals were
meant to be celebrated on well-defined dates or around these dates
and not all year solely for commercial agenda and mercantile greed on
dates convenient to majority patrons.
Joie de vivre festival of Holi welcomes the
beginning of spring and starts about ten days before the full moon of
Phalguna. The ceremonies include the lighting of the bonfires, during
which all evils are symbolically burnt. Holi also commemorates the
frolics of youthful Lord Krishna; and celebrates the death of
demoness Putana, burning of demoness Holika, and destruction of Kama
by Shiva. Holi fell on March 17 in 2014.