Holi is a Hindu spring festival that celebrates the arrival of spring and commemorates the victory of good over evil.
Holi is a Hindu spring festival that celebrates the arrival of spring and commemorates the victory of good over evil. The festival takes place on the last full moon day of each year, which usually falls in March or early April. Holi is also referred to as “the Festival of Colors” because celebrants throw colored powder and water at one another, symbolizing new life. Holi is an important Hindu festival that brings communities together, but it also has religious significance for Sikhs and Jains.
Why do people celebrate Holi?
The name “Holi” means “to make happy.” The festival itself marks the end of winter and commemorates several events in Hindu mythology. For example, it celebrates Krishna’s mischief with his girlfriend Radha’s clothes as she bathed in a river (or pond). He then accidentally dropped her clothes into the water when their friends showed up unexpectedly. In another myth, Holi commemorates Vishnu’s triumph over Hiranyakashipu (a demon) by tricking him into swallowing a special drink that turned him blue. After he’d done this, Vishnu destroyed Hiranyakashipu with his discus.
What colors are used during Holi?
“Rangoli” designs are drawn on floors or walls using colored powders such as red, yellow, white or green to welcome spring. Many celebrants wear colorful outfits to mark Holi’s arrival.