Monday, April 11, 2011

Holi - Festival of Colors

Holi, is a religious Hindu festival celebrated by people all around the World.  There are numerous versions of the Origin of Holi, they may be different but they all signify one thing, "Triumph of Good over evil".  End of Winter and the Beginning of a new season, Spring season.

The main day, Holi, also known as Dhuli Vandana in Sanskrit, also Dhulheti, Dhulandi or Dhulendi, is celebrated by people throwing coloured powder and coloured water at each other. Bonfires are lit on the eve of the festival, also known as Holika Dahan (burning of Holika) or Chhoti Holi (little Holi). The bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlad accomplished 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 South India.

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.

More Information on Holi: Wikipedia

I've seen lots of Holi / Dhuleti Celebrations in my life mostly in India but never seen something like this.  Check it out for yourself.  It will surely lift your spirits.

Place : Spanish Fork, Utah at Hare Krishna Temple
Video : Evan Carpenter, EvanMeetsWorld.
Music : The Clips, Fresh Big Mouf

Video 2

Surti's are known to live life King size.  Have you ever seen a celebration like this in Surat or in India? If you did, then kindly share your experiences with us, stories, pictures or videos.   This is Fantastic.  What do you think?

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