Reasons to celebrate today: gorgeous NY weather, International Women’s Day, and Holi: Festival of Colors and the Full Moon!
The large scale festival has reached far beyond its ancient Hindu origin. The festival has roots in Hindu legends associated with the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness; a concept everyone can relate to and celebrate. Holi is celebrated like many festivals with food, bonfires, singing, dancing, and overt camaraderie. Special to this celebration, participants exchange poofs and smears of brightly colored powders with anyone and everyone they cross. The scene becomes a canvas of iridescence and joy. Holi is celebrated on the Phalgun Purnima (or Pooranmashi, Full Moon) in the month of Phalgun (usually late February, early March) according to the Hindu Calendar.
Video of Holi Festival of Color in Utah.<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/zqsRFAJVN9c” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen>
Wish someone a Happy Holi and find a Holi Festival near you and celebrate until the weekend!