Holi: The beloved Hindu festival of color, long celebrated in India, is slowly but surely going viral around the world in many other cultures. And why would it not? Our hearts are aching for more lightheartedness, celebration, playfulness, and most of all, JOY. We are realizing our essential right to those things, and we are claiming them. (Yay for us!)
A playful ritual of Holi is the throwing of colored powder on friends and family. People just let go and celebrate with color. Each vibrant color has been assigned its own meaning, and more about that here.
At its heart, Holi is a celebration of life, love, springtime (and the anticipated future harvest), and the victory of good over evil.
A wonderful aspect of this festival is the intention to heal connections between people, to mend old hurts and resentments. Holi is a time of joyful renewal in the hearts of everyone who participates. And what could be more holy than that?
You’ll find more about Holi legends and traditions in India here.
India’s Holi | Celebration © Susan L Hart 2019, 2020