Holi – Spring Festival in India
Holi is a spring festival, known as the festival of colours or the festival of sharing love. An ancient Hindu religious festival that begins on the night before Holi with a Holika bonfire where people gather, sing and dance. Friends and family carry drums and other musical instruments, going from place to place and sharing in a popular drink called Bhang, made from cannabis leaves.
Holi is celebrated at the approach of the spring equinox on the Phalguna Purnima (Full Moon). The festival date varies every year, per the Hindu calendar, this year being March 23.The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, forget and forgive, repair broken relationships, and begin the prayers for a good harvest.
The day of Holi is a free-for-all carnival of colours where participants play, chase and colour each other with dry powder and coloured water. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. The frolic and fight with colours occurs in the open streets, open parks and outside temples.
Scott and I at Holi 2014
Holi was a frenzy of color and energy. We watched from our roof above, got a feel for what it looks like and then joined in for the fun. The truth of one’s nature cannot be denied when they are throwing powder, paint balls or water balloons randomly into a crowd. I witnessed and experienced the freedom to corner a tourist and let them have it! I found that part to be humbling and very sweet. We ended up at a temple dancing for hours, powder throwing and the women’s voices carrying us away through ancient tradition.
~ Hari Aum, DeAnna & Scott