Let’s Bring on the Spring with Plenty of Color – Holi Hai!
Holi is an annual Hindu festival celebrated on the day after a full moon appears in the Hindu month of Phalguna (early March). Originally, Holi celebrated the arrival of spring, but it also commemorates various events in Hindu mythology. The evil king known as Hiranyakashipu forbade his son Prahlad from worshipping the preserver of the universe, Lord Vishnu. His father was infuriated by Prahlad’s defiance and challenged him to sit on a pyre with his wicked aunt, Holika, who was believed to be immune to fire. Prahlad gladly accepted the challenge and prayed for Vishnu’s help and security. The fire started, and Holika was burnt to death, while Prahlad survived with no injuries. The salvation of Prahlad and the burning of Holika is celebrated as Holi.
On March 24, 2013, thousands of people dressed in white attire flocked to celebrate the annual festival of colors known as Holi at Seabourne Creek Park in Rosenberg, Texas. The colorful and vibrant event featured delicious Indian cuisine and a sequence of music, fashion, and Bollywood dance performances. However, the main attraction is the throwing of colored water and powders at friends, family, and strangers. Holi is one festival that is celebrated in high spirits without any discrimination on race, sex, caste, and status.
By Ami Patel