HOLI DATES :
27 Mar 2013, 17 Mar 2014 & 27 Mar 2015.
Origins of the festival are traced to an event in Hindu mythology
when the she-demon Holika tries by trickery to burn Prahlad, a young
devotee of God Vishnu, the Preserver. However, by divine
intervention, Prahlad remains unscathed and Holika herself is
destroyed. The story represents the triumph of devotion and says
that all who have faith in the divine will be forever protected.
The festival of Holi is one of the most important events in the
Indian cultural calendar. It coincides with the crop harvest season
and marks the onset of summer. An occasion to embrace friendship and
happiness, letting go all negatives and enmities.
At the village : Revelers mix water with coloured powder (signifying
brightness and cheer) and flung this on each other. Festivities are
accompanied by the beating of traditional drums and enacting
mythological stories through music and dance.
You are attired in pure white to begin with, and then the riot of
colour takes over !
MAKAR SAKRANTI - Festival of Kites
HOLI - Festival of Colours
VASANT PANCHAMI -Festival of Spring
GANGAUR - Women's Day
SHRAVAN TEEJ - Monsoon Festival of
JANMASHTAMI - Birth of Lord Krishna
GANESH CHATURTHI - Birth of Lord Ganesh
DUSHERA - Triumph of Good over Evil
DIWALI - Festival of Lights