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Holi - cultural studies
Transcript of Holi - cultural studies
The festival of colours
A little about Holi
Holi has been celebrated in India for as long as anyone can remember.
It is one of India's most celebrated events and is celebrated in other countries in that region.
Holi is a day where people of India throw ' gulal and abeer' (coloured powers) at each other, with nothing else to say but, "Bura na mano Holi hai", which means "Don't mind, it's Holi". A day where they can have fun and worship those that they believe in.
Historians believe that Holi was first celebrated in the eastern part of Indian years and years before christ, but has changes over the years.
It was first celebrated as a ceremony, performed by married women for the well-being and happiness for their families and also a ceremony to worship the full moon (Raka).
Every year more and more people from all around the world come to celebrate Holi, the festival of colours.
Holi is a day where everyone can let their hair down and show there wild self that is always hidden from the world
Holi is celebrated for the Good winning over Evil, and for the coming of Spring and all the harvests to come.
The festival and it's traditions
Here are some images of people on the day of Holi
On the night before Holi, everyone gathers wood to make a bonfire(Holika Dahan), they throw the sister of demon King Hiranyakashyap (Effigy of Holika) in the fire to burn.
The next day is the day of the main event, The time where everyone gets covered in colour. There is no real tradition for this but at the end of the day everyone is colourful and happy for the start of spring.
However in South India people follow the tradition of prasing Kaamadeva, the god of love, which Indians believe in. They beleive that he sacrificed himself by shooting a love arrow on Lord Shiva so he could put all his efforts into worldy affairs
Where Holi is celebrated
Holi is celebrated in many countries around India. Here are a few:
Delhi - the Capital of India
All 29 states of India, Gujarat, Himachal Predesh, Rajasthan, Manipur, Haryana, Bihar, Orrisa, Bengal, Punjab just to name a few
But Holi is not just celebrted in India and all the coutries following Hinduisum it is also celebrated in the UK, USA Mauritius and Fiji.
I hope That I have Convinced the Indian Government should fund this Event and I hope that you can some time visit India to be apart of this event.
HOLI IS A FUN AND EXCITING WAY OF TRYING NEW THINGS OUT AND BEING HAPPY!!