Holi, festival of colors, 2017
Holi is an annual Hindu celebration that marks the arrival of spring. It is a widely celebrated festival. Holi festival refers to the Festival of colours, which takes place to make the celebration of love, color, fertility and the triumph of good versus evil. The festival is mainly celebrated by Hindus in parts of India and Nepal but people all over the world are taking part in it. The festival of Holi is vibrant and filled with amazing and beautiful colours powder which people throw at each other coating themselves. It is celebrated the day after the full moon, in the month of Phalgun (early March).
Holi festival is sprinted into two events which are: Holika Dahan and Rangwali Holi. The night before Rangwali Holi takes place, people gather to burn to burn wood and dung cakes as a symbol pyre of good defeat over evil and triumph for true devotees. (In Hindi, god Vishnu helps burn to death devil Holika). Children play pranks and hurl insults to Holika as if they are trying to send away Dhundhi who used to trouble little ones in Prithu. Other people believe in taking embers from the burnt wood to their homes as it is believed to help in rekindling domestic fires.
The next morning, of course the main course of the Holi festival celebrations. People gather in many public places to take part in Rangwali Holi. The day known as Dhuleti, is the actual day that play of colors takes place. This day, people throw a handful of color powder to each other while chasing each other around and drenching with water. The tradition of holding Puja in not observed on this day because the day is supposed to be filled with pure enjoyment. Other spray colour water on one another using pichkaris and dancing to dholak beat as part of the festival tradition. All this activities happen while people relsh mathri, malpus, gujiya and other traditional Holi foods with great joy and satisfaction. People prepare for this day by collecting firewood a day before. The firewood is the one used to light the bonfire called Holika at major points and crossroads in various cities. This ensures nothing is missing when the actual celebrations starts.
Why is Holi celebrated?
Of all the Hindu celebration, Holi is considered a relatively secular festival. Apart from the burning of devil Holika, it is also considered to draw on legend of love, Radha and Krishna. Although Krishna loved Radha so much, he was disturbed about the difference of their skin colors. So after seeking advice from her mother, he went and painted Radha’s face with paints to match his own color skin. It is believed that the love birds often colored their faces the same colour during Holi festival celebrations.
Whoever in modern days, Holi has mostly been seen by many people as a get together time for friends and families to have and enjoy quality time together without any concern of ethnicity and castle. Some groups take the festivals very serious and they celebrate it for many days after the actual date. Like Braj region in India, the celebrations takes up to 16 days. Holi being an ancient celebration, it dates back to the fourth century poetry. Holi festival is not only celebrated in Indi but also in other parts of the world.
Holi festival in Werribee, Race Course
This time Holi festival in Werribee, Racecourse will take place on the 11th of March 2017. The festival is hosted by festivals of South Asia INC that is likely to be attended by more than 15,000 people from all walks of life. This time because of the increase of the number of people attending every year, the organizers, led by Sarika Parkash, President of Festival of South Asia INC and Hari Yellina, Secretary of Festivals of South Asia INC, they are brazing for the event. With many sponsors on board all supporting the project, they have set an electric mood and people can feel the vibe. This event offers many opportunities to the local people and business enterprises. To the local, it offers a place where many activities will be taking place that will enhance multi-culture and reduce ethnicity. To business enterprises at Werribee, Racecourse festivals, stall will be available for people to showcase their goods and services to thousands of participants and even tourist who will grace the occasion. This is the best promising and perfect opportunity to promote your business and reap the benefits from this chance.
Whether you like jewelry, or traditional dresses and henna tattoos, all will be available at this festival. If you are either a novice or seasoned Indian food eater, everything is well taken care of. Don’t forget, you can come in as an ordinary person and walk out either a business champion or spectacular participant.
Venue : Werribee Racecourse
Date : 11th March 2017
Address : 2 – 10 Bulban Road, Werribee, VIC 3030