The Festival of Holi

By Christine J. Flores, CBA

Holi is a popular and significant Hindu festival celebrated as the Festival of Colors, Love and Spring.  It celebrates the eternal love of the deities Radha and Krishna.  It signifies the triumph of good over evil.  Holi is a two-day festival.  This year the festivities will begin in the evening of March 24, and continue to March 25, 2024.  The date changes each year as it is celebrated on the day of the full moon in March.  It is celebrated throughout India and all over the world with joy and enthusiasm.  Although Holi is not a holiday here in the United States, some businesses and schools may be closed because this year it falls on Seward’s Day, which is a recognized holiday in Alaska. 

The festival begins in the evening of Purnima or the Full Moon Day in the month of Falgun.  The first evening of the festival is known as Holika Dahan or Choti Holi (Little Holi).  The ritual starts by lighting up a bonfire, which symbolizes the triumph of good over evil.  The following day is known as Holi. 

The people of India believe that vibrant colors bring a lot of positivity.  Bright and vibrant colors are worn by all.  With Holi being the festival of colors, it is considered a day worth rejoicing.  On the day of Holi, people show love and respect to their close family and friends.

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