What does the festival celebrate?
The Hindu festival of colors marks the advent of spring. Festivities commence a day earlier, with many burning a symbolic funeral pyre marking the death of Holika, a demon princess who unsuccessfully attempted to lead Prahlad, a Hindu devotee, to his death. The ritual symbolizes the victory of good over evil.
Celebrations, mostly concentrated across northern and central India, include people smearing gulaal, or colored powder, on each other at home or on the streets.
This was such a fun day last year as it was in 2013. This along with the kite flying so clearly exemplifies the simple pleasures that India take and the joy these things bring to them. Our dear Salim took us to meet these other American students and we all played throwing Holi colors. Remember our visit to Mohammed’s birthday near the beginning of our trip in 2015? Salim our dear friend took as to both. This is India in all is glory. . . . .blending of cultures, faith systems and colors! Enjoy the pictures!
Salim is peeking in at us. Though this was not his celebration, he gladly entered in the fun !
This is from our first Holi in 2013. . . different group of students, different site, at CEPT, but still the same crazy fun !
Miss you Salim and LaLa!