Every year, Indians across the world, mark the joyous occasion with colour. And lots of it.It takes place more or less the same time each year – just before the first day of spring. But this year, that day fell on 21 March, which didn't suit organisers, so they pushed it back to 31 March. “Holi festival is a festival of colours,” explains Vivkl Tayal, the vice-president of GOPIO (Global Organization People of Indian Origin) Paris France, one of the organisers behind this year’s event.According to one participant, it is a celebration of the victory of good over evil.The festival itself dates back centuries to ancient Hindu religious traditions that cut across society and castes in India.“There are many stories in Hindu religion. There’s the story of Holika,” says Tayal, which is marked on the eve of Holi with a "Holika Dahan". It's a gathering around a large bonfire where people pray to have their inner evil burned away … [Read more...] about Paris rings in the spring with India’s Holi festival of colour
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Later this month, Hindus will celebrate Holi, also known as “The Festival of Colours.” The religious festival is intended to welcome the arrival of spring whilst also celebrating fertility, colour and love. Celebrated mainly in India and Nepal, worshippers mark the event by throwing colourful powders at each other. Thanks to this unique festivity and its joyful atmosphere, similar Holi events take place in cities all over the world. As Holi fast approaches, here’s everything you need to know about the Hindu festival: When is Holi? This year, Holi begins on Wednesday, 20 March and ends on Thursday, 21 March. The festival celebrations start on the evening of the full moon that comes in ‘Phalguna,’ which is between the end of February and the middle of March. Over the two days, the festival is split into two events. The night before the main festivities is referred to as Holika Dahan and is when people traditionally gather around a bonfire to celebrate the … [Read more...] about Holi Festival 2019: What is the Indian Festival of Colours?
Hundreds of Hindus created an incredible sea of colour as they celebrated the Holi Festival. Families headed to the annual event at Rivermead Leisure Centre in Richfield Avenue on Sunday, March 17. They celebrate the festival, which is one of the biggest in the Hindu calendar along with Diwali, by colouring each other with powder and water colours. The festival promotes the message of friendship and goodwill and urges people to "forget old quarrels and mix with all freely." Around 900 people turned up to the event, which feature a fashion show and drawing competition for children at the event. The Holi Festival in Reading View gallery It also featured a range of food stalls displaying a range of authentic Indian food. Guests also took part in a two minute silence where they paid their respects to all the people around the world who had lost their lives in terrorist attacks. People from around the South East, including London and Newbury, joined in the colourful fun at the … [Read more...] about Spectacular scenes as Reading’s Hindus celebrate Holi Festival
Christchurch's Hagley Park didn't look its usual green self on Saturday as it played host to the famous Indian Holi festival. With big beats, big crowds and a large amount of colour, a crowd of 10,000 people turned up to the festival - the sixth time it has been held in Christchurch. The first time only had 1500 people in attendance. On a day where young and old got into it, the festival featured the Indian practice of throwing powdered colours, which symbolise everyone becoming equal. "It's really fun, I'm going to come here next year," said one young boy, who said he enjoyed the fact you could "throw stuff at people". Event organiser Hitesh Sharma said: "It's about forgiveness, it's about friendship, it's about sharing the love and looking after each other, so that's what the traditional meaning of Holi festival is." The event helped raise money for the Canterbury West Coast air rescue services, with a team flying a helicopter in to drop off colourful petals hand plucked from 20kgs … [Read more...] about Christchurch’s Hagley Park hosts Holi-Festival of Colours
More than 20 million Hindu pilgrims ritually bathed in India's holy rivers on the opening day of the Kumbh Mela, a gigantic festival billed as the world's largest human gathering. The spectacular seven-week festival began Tuesday in Allahabad, an ancient city that rises alongside the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers in northern Uttar Pradesh state. The meeting point of these rivers is considered among the holiest places in Hinduism and devotees believe bathing there during the Kumbh helps cleanse sins and brings salvation. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, whose Hindu nationalist government is overseeing the enormous event, said 22.5 million Hindus plunged into the icy waters on the first day of the Kumbh. "I thank all the visitors, religious leaders, common man and officials for the smooth conduct of the mega event," he told the Press Trust of India news agency on Wednesday. Adityanath, a firebrand Hindu priest who rose to lead India's most populous state in … [Read more...] about Millions take plunge in giant Indian religious festival