Holi Festival

Posted on March 5th, 2012 by

2011 Gustavus Holi Celebration

Holi (aka The Festival of Colours) celebrates the beginning of the new season and has a religious purpose commemorating many events that are present in Hindu mythology. Although it is the least religious holiday, it is probably one of the most exhilarating ones in existence. During this event, participants throw colored powder at each other, hold a bonfire and go celebrate like no other time of the year.

So, join the Campus Activities Board for our very own Holi Celebration! We’ll be celebrating Holi, the Hindu Festival of Color on Friday, March 9th. There will be a campus-wide community art project that all are welcome to contribute to from 10 am until 2:30 pm. The day will culminate at 3 pm in the Shakespeare Pit outside Anderson Theatre with a massive color fling finale. You won’t want to miss it!

In case of inclement weather, the event will be postponed. If that happens, the new time and date will be publicized.

More on the Holi Festival

Colored powder is thrown and smeared at one another because Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring’s abundant colors and saying farewell to winter. The powder is known to have medicinal value as well. In the spring season, during which the weather changes it is believed to cause viral fever and colds. The playful throwing of natural colored powders act as medicinal herbs to heal you while you are having a blast throwing them.

The bonfires are lit on the eve of the festival after prayers are said and praise is offered. They are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlad, a staunch devotee of god Vishnu, accomplished when Demoness Holika carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but Prahlad escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable devotion.

One of Holi’s biggest customs is the loosening strictness of social structures, which normally include age, sex, status, and caste. Holi closes the wide gaps between social classes and brings Hindus together.


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