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Transcript of holi fest
By Marissa, Ale & Wendy
Holi is one of the major festivals celebrated in India. It is an ancient festival originally called Holika
Holi is celebrated on the full moon day, in the month of March
(This year it was on March 27)
A few days before the festival is held, people begin to collect wood that will be used for the bonfire.
On the eve of Holi a bonfire known as Holika takes place. In a Hindu legend, Holika was the sister of the demon king Hiranyakashyap. Hiranyakashyap 's son Prahlad refused to worship his demon father. Because of this, Hiranyakashyap tried to kill his son in a fire with the help of Holika. Holika thought she was resistant to fire so she coaxed Prahlad into the flames with her. Prahlad survived the fire by chanting his God's name, while Holika died because she could only survive the flames if she was alone. Therefore, figures of Holika are burnt to ashes at the bonfire to represent the triumph of good over evil. (Society for the Confluence of Festivals in India)
The day after the bonfire is the main celebration. This is when the actual "play of colours" takes place. This is meant for pure enjoyment and fun. People dance and sing while throwing colourful paint on each other.
Festival of Colours
The largest celebrations of Holi in North America are held in Spanish Fork and Salt Lake City, Utah. The festivals take place in front of the Krishna Temple's in each city. At the festival there is live music, dancing, and food. The throwing of the dry colours occurs every two hours.
Holi announces the end of winter and the beginning of spring
The Hindu Legend of Radha and Krishna is one major origin of this festival. Krishna was upset that his skin was much darker than Radha's. In another legend, Krishna was poisoned by a demon when he was a baby which turned his skin blue. One day, Krishna decided to paint bright colours all over Radha's face as a prank. Applying colour to someone's face is now perceived as an expression of love in the Hindu faith. (Society for the Confluence of Festivals in India)
In the streets of India, families give sweet treats to each other. Other traditional Holi cuisine that contains colourful spring-like flavours is ate on this day. Kids also tend to play pranks on one another.
A few days before the festival, markets begin to sell loads of colours. Some people decide to make their own colours at home. Ingredients they use to make the colours include flowers such as tesu and palash.
Festivals Around the World
Trinidad & Tobago
The festival of Holi is not only celebrated in India. The play with colours, and the Holika bonfire takes place in many other countries around the world. Some of these countries include:
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