Holi is a Hindu festival that marks the arrival of spring. Known widely as the festival of colour, it takes place over 2 days, and is a celebration of fertility, colour and love, as well as the triumph of good versus evil. People take part in Holi all around the world. Traditionally, Holi is split into two events; Holika Dahan and Rangwali Holi as celebrated in India. Holika Dahan takes place the night before Rangwali Holi. Wood and dung-cakes are burned in a symbolic pyre to signify good defeating evil. Prahalad was more devoted to Lord Vishnu rather than his father King Hiranyakshipu. This angered his father so much that he asked his sister to sit in a fire with Prahalad to burn him. Holika had a boon that no fire could touch her. Prahalad started praying and he remained untouched while Holika perished despite her boon. At SSDS, every year, we celebrate the event by holding a fun mela for all walks of people and not just Hindus. The main celebration is comprised of people throwing and applying various beautiful and bright coloured powders. We also have stalls offering food, clothes, mehndi and a funfair for the children. At sunset a big fire is lit on grounds signifying Holika Dahan.
When is holi?
The timing of Holi is synchronised with the moon in the months of March or April, which means that the dates of each celebration varies year on year.
Why is it celebrated?
In the scheme of Hindu celebrations, Holi is a relatively secular one. It draws on various mythologies. Firstt and foremost is the burning of the devil Holika, bit it also draws on the legend of Radha and Krishna. Krishna loved Radha, but felt self-conscious about how different their skin-colours were. So on the advice of his mother, he went and plyafully painted her face so it was the same colour as his.