Holi is an annual holiday, which celebrates the coming of spring.  When people who have experienced Holi describe it, the descriptions have a repetitious theme:  “it’s colorful”, “it’s vibrant and alive”, and “it’s a joyous experience”.  In fact, Holi is known as the festival of colors.  This year’s major Hindu festival takes place from March 12th through March 13th.

People in India attend a series of events during Holi. Namely, a public bonfire on the first day of Holi known as Jalanewali Holi, followed by Rangwali Holi in which people spray friends and family with colored powder and water.  It is this second aspect of Holi which gives it its common name, festival of color; and the tendancy is to have parties and wild meles in the streets where people can be seen dancing under water sprinklers.  The tradition of throwing color at others evolved from the legend of Rada and Krishna, who used to tease and throw color on Radha.

Holi is celebrated the day after the full moon in the month of Phalguna (early March). It is the celebration of spring and the bidding good bye to winter.  Holi is one of the oldest holidays in the Hindu religion and it dates backs to before the birth of Christ. Holi is so old that some of the ancient temples in India contain scriptures on their walls of Holi depicting princes and princesses squirting paint on each other.

Happy Holi!!