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Transcript of Holi
Holi is a color festival celebrated in India and many other countries that practice Hinduism. It is celebrated on the full moon in the month of Phalgun (late February and early March) Holi represents the triumph of good over bad and the coming of Spring.
History of Holi
There are many theories and mythological beliefs of where it originated from. One story believes that Prahlad, the son of the king, refused his father’s demand that he worship him rather than God. God saved Prahlad from death twice, first when the king ordered him killed, and again, when the king’s evil sister, Holika, led Prahlad into a huge bonfire. Thus, Holi got its name from Holika and is celebrated as a festival of victory of good over evil.
Events of Holi
The night prior to the festival, the community throws a public bonfire to represent the destruction of evil and, metaphorically, the burning of the Hindu demoness “Holika”
In the early morning, people gather out in the streets with colored powder or water with sprayers or water filled balloons and the festival begins
The joyous celebration continues till the mid day and in afternoon or evening people visit friends and family to distribute sweets and gather for feasts.
Traditions of Holi
One tradition during Holi is an event for men to form a human pyramid to break a buttermilk pot that is hanging high on the streets. This tradition is practiced to reenact Lord Krishna's act as a child.
by Emily Nguyen
Traditions of Holi
Another tradition is where the women of Barsana playfully torture the men of Nandgaon as they come to celebrate Holi. They do this in the birthplace of Lord Krishna as Krishna was famous for playing pranks on his loved one.
Traditions and practices may vary within the different parts of India but overall Holi brings the community together to celebrate this joyous holiday.
Significance of Holi
Barriers of rich-poor, men-women, old-young, and the caste systems are broken
Brings all types social class together (even non Hindu's)
Celebrated in the spirit of brotherhood
Going out of the culture's social norms (letting loose)
Celebrating the various legends associated with Holi enables the people to believe the moral is the victory of good over evil
Increases cultural diffusion
Promotes the religion of Hinudism
Example of Culutral Diffusion of Holi
Events like Festival of Colors, The Color Run 5k, and HoliONE are inspired by the cultural festival, Holi. These events are for recreational uses in the US as to Holi for the arrival of spring.
Holi is a time when man and the nature throws the gloom of winter and welcome the colors of Spring.
People throw brightly colored powder or water (gulal)
Lasts for two days