This Indian festival marks the beginning of the Spring period mainly in March. Some Indian families this is very religious time, but for many its just a wild party with colour powder as seen below. Throwing powder in the air, dancing and singing are all part of the traditional ritual which has made this festival an international sensation.
People of all ages and races get involved in the streets throwing colour powder and paint at each other and smearing each other with coloured water, and for the locals are bonfire is lit in the remembrance of Prahlad all in the respect of a long history.
History behind Holi
Here India celebrates the legend of Holika, Prahlad and Krishna.
There is a theory where Krishna used to make practical jokes where he used to break the maid’s “mudka” pouring water onto the them. This eventually developed into a celebration over the past centuries.
The Bonfires symbolises Prahlad’s story emphasising that the good always overcomes the evil, where he escaped from a bonfire while Holika perished in the flames, punishing him for his evil intentions.
What are the colours made from?
These colours are made from extract of flowers, leaves and natural herbs but mainly from rice flour, making them very safe for the Holi Festivities. This means different tones of colour are made from their unique ingredients. The powder is extremely biodegradable, toxic-free and allergy-free with maximum brilliance in every colour.
Holi goes international… Celebrations also include New York, London, and Barcelona as seen below:
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