Holi Celebration Spring 2010
Hindu Advisor, Manju Sharma (in the yellow shirt) tries to get out of the way of the colored inked.
Holi, or Holli, is a spring festival celebrated by Hindu’s, Sikhs and others. It is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna (end of February/beginning of March).
In some places the festival kicks off with the worship of a spring bulb (Dandoch) sprouting from earth along with sweets, dances and folk songs followed by the color fest. Whether they are young or old, all the people are lost in the joyful occasion, having fun throwing colors at each other. Even water balloons and colored water are thrown on this joyful occasion.
The bright colored powders are known as Gulal. In old times the Gulal was made from different color dried flower petals and traditional water guns were made from Bamboo. Now there are a lot of synthetic colors available. The people believe that the bright colors represent energy, life, and joy.
The festival concludes with a village fair in the evening followed by bonfires in the local front yards at night. These fires are created to ward off evil spirits around the homes. Groups of kids and adults come and sing and dance and get money and sweets offered by families.