Indians Celebrate Holi - The Festival of Colors

By Meera Dolasia on March 9, 2012

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Festivals are the mainstay of the Indian culture - Not a month goes by without a celebration. However, none are as fun as Holi, the festival of color. Held annually at the beginning of spring on the day after a full moon, this year's festival was celebrated by Indians all over the world, on March 8th, 2012.

As with all Hindu festivals, this one also has varying folklore associated with it - a majority centering around the triumph of good over evil. The most popular one is about an arrogant king who resents his son Prahlada for worshipping the protector of all mankind - Lord Vishnu. When every attempt to stop him fails, his sister, Holika believed to be immune to heat, joins in the effort, by inviting the young boy to accompany her into a large fire. Helped by the powers of Lord Vishnu, Prahlada escapes unscathed, while Holika burns to ashes. To commemorate this event, huge bonfires are lit the night before Holi to cleanse the air of evil spirits.

In the North Indian State of Uttar Pradesh, the fun festival is attributed to the immortal love between the mischievous fun-loving god Krishna and his wife Radha. Therefore, the people of the town of Mathura, where he was born and Vrindavan, where he spent most of his life, celebrate it with great abandon, for almost two weeks!

So what's so great about this day? While there are some fun processions, folk song and dance performances, the best part about the festival is the ritual of taking to the streets and splashing friends and even total strangers with dry colors, water balloons, water guns and even, dousing them with entire buckets of colored water - On this day, everybody, old and young, is fair game.

At about midday, the friendly mayhem comes to an end and people living close to oceans or rivers, usually take a dip in the water to cleanse off, before trudging home to a delectable homemade feast and a well-deserved siesta.

Resources: wikipedia.org, huffingtonpost.com

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  • duriaThursday, October 13, 2016 at 7:56 am
    looks fun to me is it i mean it is fun
    • zMonday, June 29, 2015 at 7:05 am
      yeah it is awesome beast hunter
      • BEASTHUNTERTuesday, June 2, 2015 at 6:38 pm
        this is awesome
        • leiny
          leinyTuesday, March 10, 2015 at 12:06 pm
          wow this is so brilliant and colorfull!
          • v154
            v154Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 12:26 pm
            i am indian and i celebrate this, i am also hindu,
            • lizzy910
              lizzy910Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 12:11 pm
              cool
            • AnonymousWednesday, February 4, 2015 at 8:01 am
              So coollllll!!!!๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
              • I'm half IndianThursday, December 18, 2014 at 9:34 am
                My Dady is full Indian and my moma is half
                • nikukyu
                  nikukyuFriday, December 5, 2014 at 6:05 pm
                  So many colors! So bright!
                  • awsome girlWednesday, November 12, 2014 at 9:42 am
                    I am a indian but I don't celabrate it
                    • AnoymousThursday, August 28, 2014 at 8:46 am
                      It may look fun but try not to get to much on you you can get skin cancer.
                      • v154
                        v154Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 12:26 pm
                        they make special powder that doesn't hurt you skkin
                        • doctorwhotardis
                          doctorwhotardisWednesday, March 18, 2015 at 5:36 pm
                          really? that is so cool! Is it washable I mean of corse its washable!

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