Holi is a spring festival, known as the festival of colour, or the festival of love. It is the most widely celebrated Hindu festival. Though it is mainly observed in India & Nepal, celebrations have spread to other parts of the world, and is now celebrated by non religious people who enjoy the sentiment of love and colour that the festival stands for.
Holi is a two-day spring festival, also known as the festival of colours, which starts on Purnima (Full Moon day) falling in the Hindu Calendar month of Phalgun (somewhere between the end of February and Mid-March, in the Gregorian Calendar).
This ancient festival is mentioned in the Puranas, and by the poet Kalidasa during the 4th century reign of Chandragupta II; the celebration of Holi is also mentioned in the 7th-century Sanskrit drama Ratnavali and in Dashakumaracharita, as well. It is also believed that Krishna played Holi with the gopis (milkmaids)
Celebrations vary from region to region, but, in general, on the evening of the first day (Holika Dahan), people gather around a bonfire.
Holika was the evil sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu. According to legends, he was the King of Multan and had earned a boon that made him indestructible. He grew arrogant, thought he was God, and demanded that everyone worship only him.
Hiranyakashipu’s own son, Prahlada disagreed. He was and remained devoted to Lord Vishnu, which infuriated Hiranyakashipu. He subjected Prahlada to cruel punishments, none of which affected the boy. Finally, Holika - Prahlada’s aunt - tricked him into sitting on a pyre with her. Holika was wearing a cloak that made her immune to injury from fire, while Prahlada was not. As the fire roared, the cloak flew from Holika and encased Prahlada. Holika burned, Prahlada survived. Seeing this, Hiranyakashipu, unable to control his anger, smashed a pillar with his mace. There was a tumultuous sound, and Lord Vishnu appeared as Lord Narasimha and killed Hiranyakashipu. The next day, when the fire cooled down, people applied ash to their foreheads, a practice still observed by some people. Eventually, coloured powder came to be used to celebrate Holi.
The bonfire is a reminder of the symbolic victory of good over evil, of Prahlada over Hiranyakashipu, and of the fire that burned Holika.
The second day of Holi represents a festive ocassion when people celebrate, play with colors, sing and dance. Everybody is welcomed to participate, irrespective of age, status or caste; it is a joyful opportunity to have fun, celebrate spring, celebrate the good that prevails over evil, a moment to forgive and forget, to repair broken relationships.
Holi (English pronunciation: /ˈhoʊliː/) (Sanskrit: होली) is a spring festival also known as the festival of colours or the festival of love. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia.
Holi is a spring festival, also known as the festival of colours or the festival of love. The holiday signifies the victory of good over evil. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia.
It is primarily observed in India, Nepal, and other regions of the world with significant populations of Hindus or people of Indian origin. In recent years the festival has spread to parts of Europe and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic, and colours.
INDIA, NEW DELHI : Indian reveler throw colored water onto the other
villagers during the Lathmar Holi celebrations in the village of Barsana
on March 17, 2016. holi, also called the Festival of Colours, is a
popular Hindu spring festival observed in India at the end of the winter
season on the last full moon day of the lunar month. / AFP / CHANDAN
Is it cultural appropriation when a group of white Brooklynites drink Tecate tallboys, blast colorful powder at each other and call it Holi, the Hindu festival of spring? “I just wanna get colored!” said one festival goer. Reveling isn’t a bad thing — Holi is supposed to be about fun, after all. But this sort of adoption has offensive implications that are difficult to avoid.
India, Jaisalmer : A reveller, his face painted in gold, poses
with red eyes during the Holi Festival in Jaisalmer on March 24, 2016. Holi,
also called the Festival of Colours, is a popular Hindu spring festival
observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon
day of the lunar month. AFP / Francois Xavier MARIT
The SCAR Corporation is hosting a festival celebrating the return of spring on Nexus! Holy Navigator, there’s going to be a lot there. The main area will feature a romantic boardwalk and ferris wheel, bars (several), and a karaoke stage, There will be a shooting gallery and prizes to give out for games!
Just like a real festival, ALL FOLKS are encouraged to build their own booths to represent themselves and/or their guilds! Are you an artisan? Feature your work for all to see and purchase! D’ya train? Host a booth for your services! Recruiting? Hand out those fliers! Bard? We have a spot for you next to the garbage cans!
The Fair will be held starting at 8:30 PM EST on 4/7. To set up your spot, please send me mail through this tumblr, or contact Potato Jane and room mate access will be granted. There are a few basic instructions to setting up your booth.
For any questions about the event, you can also ask these fine Nexians - Jarekai Lightweaver ( jarekai )
INDIA, NEW DELHI : An Indian reveler covered in coloured powder poses
during the Lathmar Holi celebrations in the village of Barsana on March
17, 2016. holi, also called the Festival of Colours, is a popular
Hindu spring festival observed in India at the end of the winter season
on the last full moon day of the lunar month. / AFP / CHANDAN KHANNA