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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New Delhi (Sputnik): Vrindavan, one of the oldest cities in northern India, has turned into a riot of hues as revellers from far and near have gathered to celebrate Holi — the festival of colours. Though the festival is observed across the length and breadth of India, Virandavan is considered the epicentre of the celebrations, as the festival's origin dates back to the times of Lord Krishna, who is said to have spent his childhood in Vrindavan. Vrindavan, which is about 180 kilometres away from the Indian capital New Delhi, means "forest of holy basil", as virnda means basil and van means forest in Sanskrit, the ancient language of the subcontinent. Happy holi pic.twitter.com/Fyk23zBiGY — Rahul….(राहुल)…. (@RahulKumar6186) March 20, 2019 Visiting Vrindavan at this time of the year means treating … [Read more...] about India Wakes up to Fest of Hues with Holi Celebrations Just before Elections
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?
Holi, a traditional Hindu festival which celebrates the beginning of spring as well as the triumph of good over evil, takes place this month. Celebrated by thousands of people, it is best known around the world for the powder that revellers throw on each other, leaving festival-goers coated in colour by the end of the day. Although the festival originated in India and is still widely celebrated there as a religious festival, it has been adopted in many places around the world. Here is everything you need to know about it, from where it came from to why the powder, known as gulal, is thrown. When is the Holi Festival 2019? Every year the festival celebrations take place over two days, beginning around... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about Holi Festival 2019: How the thwarting of a Hindu demon king led to the colourful celebration
RAMADAN is observed by Muslims around the world as a period of fasting to commemorate "the best of times". It celebrates the moment the Koran was unveiled to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief. Here's what else we know about the holy month, that will start up later this year. When is Ramadan 2019? This year Ramadan is due to start on the evening of Sunday, May 5, and will continue for 30 days until Tuesday, June 4. However, the beginning and end are determined by the lunar Islamic calendar – meaning it will depend on when the new moon is sighted. Hilal, the crescent, is usually a day or more after the astronomical new moon. The "night of power" or "night of decree" is considered the holiest night of the year, as Muslims believe the first revelation of the Koran was sent down to Muhammad on this night. It's thought to have occurred on an odd-numbered night during the last 10 days of Ramadan - the 21, 23, 25, 27 or 29th. The holiday of Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and … [Read more...] about When is Ramadan 2019, what date does the holy month start and finish and what does Ramadan Mubarak mean?