Holi - India's Festival of Color

There are many holy festivals celebrated around the world.  I can’t think of any there are more fun then India’s Festival of Color – Holi.

A video of one man’s introduction to Holi

What is the most fun festival you have taken part in?

From the Wikipedia entry about Holi:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holi

“Holi, or Holli, also called the Festival of Colors, is a spring festival celebrated by Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and others. It is primarily observed in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka  and countries with large Indic diaspora populations, such as Suriname, Guyana, South Africa, United Kingdom and the US. In West Beng  of India it is known as Dolyatra (Doul Jatra) or Basanta-Utsav (“spring festival”). The most celebrated Holi is that of the Braj region, in locations connected to the god Krishna: Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandagaon, and Barsana. These places have become tourist destinations during the festive season of Holi, which lasts here to up to sixteen days .

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 the day before, 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. In 2010, Holi is on March 1 and Holika Dahan was on February 28.

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