Holi, The Hindu Celebration of Colour

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Holi

God Krishna playing Holi with Radha and other Gopis
Also called Festival of colours
Observed by Indians (mainly Hindus, Sikhs,Muslims, Buddhists and Jains), almost all Nepalese (mainly Hindus and a fair amount of Buddhists)
Begins Phalgun Purnima or Pooranmashi (Full Moon)
Date March
2009 date March 11
Celebrations 3 – 16 days

Holi, also called the Festival of Colors, is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and countries with large Hindu diaspora populations, such as Suriname, Guyana, South Africa, Trinidad, the UK, Mauritius, and Fiji. In West Bengal of India and Bangladesh it is known as Dolyatra (Doul Jatra) or Basanta-Utsab (“spring festival”). The most celebrated Holi is that of the Braj region, placed connected to Krishna – Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandagaon and Barsana, places which have become tourist destinations during the festive season of Holi, which lasts here to up to sixteen days [1].

The main day, Holi, also known as Dhulheti, Dhulandi or Dhulendi, is celebrated by people throwing colored powder and colored water at each other. Bonfires are lit the day before, also known as Holika Dahan (death of Holika) or Chhoti Holi (little Holi). The bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlad had when Demoness Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but Prahlad, a staunch devotee of god Vishnu, escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable devotion. Holika Dahan is referred to as Kama Dahanam in Andhra Pradesh.

Holi is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna (February/March), (Phalgun Purnima), which usually falls in the later part of February or March. In 2009, Holi (Dhulandi) was on March 11 and Holika Dahan was on March 10.

I discovered Holi yesterday and have decided that I love the idea of it. I love faiths of all kinds and have tried to incorporate different traditions from different cultures in my life. So, when I discovered Holi, not only was I in love with the story and the celebration, but I loved how beautiful it looks hnd how well it would look in photos. My friends and I have decided to have a Holi type celebration. Sadly, it will be far too cold to do it during the traditional time, so we’re going to either do it in Septermber (the exact opposite day from the actual Holi day) or next year in late May early July. It depends on the fundage. The only requirement is to wear a plain white shirt. I think the colors will look even better when they’re on material. I am going to do my best to acquire a sari (finally) since I have been trying to do so for YEARS!

The following pictures I got from Photobucket. I did not take any of them myself.

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3 Responses to “Holi, The Hindu Celebration of Colour”

  1. 1 Jenny
    June 25, 2009 at 5:50 am

    Lovely pictures and lovely colors =)

  2. July 3, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    I love that, a day just to celebrate colors. Those pictures you found are awesome.

  3. 3 laura
    May 1, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    I had a rat too! A white one. Named speedbump. This is what I get for marrying a science teacher. He was cool though. made him pb&j for lunch and he sat like a little man and ate it. The tail made me crazy, but he seemed to have a good heart.

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