Holi fest is a festival that originates from India that’s taken over the UK. It happens every year before the summer months, where people come out to set off coloured smoke bombs and paint
On the. Saturday the 9th march Holi festival will be coming to east park in Southampton and tickets can be found on the Holi festivals website – http://holi-one.com/hu/events/southampton.html. when you buy tickets for the festival you will get a free white t-shirt and free paint powder, so you don’t have to worry about bringing you own.
The event will include a variety of mini events that brings the community together to have fun and enjoy what the event offers for all ages. On the eve of Holi festival there will be a bonfire lite celebrate launch of this magical experience. Then on Holi day, the festival gulals (traditional name for the coloured powered) will be realised into the air to create a spectacular view of rainbow infused colours. There will be times were water is thrown and sprayed at you during Holi day; be paired to get wet while celebrating the festival of colour. you don’t have to worry if you get as food and drinks will available to throughout the day to keep you warm.
Hindu Festival of Colour
In India the Holi event takes place in February or March each year during Phalguna. It is one of the most popular festivals particularly in New Delhi, Jaipur and Udaipur. It is a celebration for all the family in which the community gather together to honour ancient Hindu teachings. The ancient festival was first mentioned in a 4thcentury poem. It was also written about in a play in the 7th century.
It is one of the most popular festivals particularly in New Delhi, Jaipur and Udaipur. It is a celebration for all the family in which the community gather together to honour ancient Hindu teachings. The ancient festival was first mentioned in a 4thcentury poem. It was also written about in a play in the 7th century.
Mythology of Holi Festival
The celebration originated from Hindu mythology and there are many legends associated with the festival.
One story involves the god Krishna. While he was courting the Hindu goddess Radha, Krishna smeared coloured powder onto her face because of her fair complexion. He was known as a prankster and he would also throw flowers and coloured water onto the gopis (a Sanskrit word for female cowherders).
Holi is rooted in Hindu mythology and there are several legends associated with the festival. The best known of these stories is that of Holika who was the aunt of Prahlada, who worshipped Vishnu. His father and brother did not want him to worship Vishnu so set up a plan to kill Prahlada. Holika tried to drag Prahlada into a bonfire believing she would not be hurt by wearing a protective shawl. However, the shawl blew away and she died but Prahlada survived due to his devotion to Vishnu. The festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Because of this, the night before Holi includes the lighting of bonfires after sunset, which symbolizes the burning of Holika and how good overcomes evil.
Written by Atlanta Wilson