On March 1st through March 3rd this year, Indians around the world partook in a celebration of colors. This celebration was known as Holi. Holi is a festival that has been in the Indian culture for many years involving the surprise attacks of color and several impromptu water fights. But the symbolism of it all, has varied based upon teaching. According to Times of India, several believe that the color is a symbol of giving life to everything and everyone around you. The colors represents a faraway land of hope and dreams. To others, “Holi represents the arrival of spring and the triumph of good over evil,” says Smithsonian Magazine. According to Maps of India, since the days when ancient deities roamed the earth, holi has been celebrated in order to celebrate love between gods and the color was thought to be originated during period of Lord Krishna. The color was originally made from flowers but eventually evolved into a combination of harsh dyes and chemicals. On the first of the 3 days, there is a full moon. Families put the colors and water in small brass pots then arrange it on a plate. Then, typically, the eldest son sprinkles the different colored powders on his family members. The festival starts with loved ones and eventually commences into a party spread across the world. On the second day, people go out and celebrate with a bigger group around a giant bonfire, burning some images of the past. The mother’s guide their children around the fire 5 times in hopes of being blessed by the God of Fire, Agni. Then, on the final day, entire towns, villages, and cities commence in a celebration for Radha and Lord Krishna while throwing colors and water on each other. Holi is a festival of color, love, and life that brings everyone together in a fun way to celebrate our religious ancestors and history.
Story by Arti Rathore