Be Inspired: Holi, India’s Festival of Colors
Holi or Pagwah is a fun and festive two day Hindu Spring festival. What’s the greatest part of this festival? It gives adults a chance to be kids again! Complete with bonfires, water fights and color fights.
Holi is known as the festival of colors and the festival of love. The festival celebrates the season’s hues and provides fantastic color inspiration.
It is celebrated by Hindus in India and other parts of the world. In recent years, the festival has spread to North America and Europe. It’s easy to see why. Holi is less about Hinduism and more about just having a fun.
Holi Celebrations in India
Holi Celebrations in Spanish Fork, Utah
Celebrations begin the night before with a bonfire, signing and dancing. But if you think this sounds nice, the next morning is better!
Two things are certain. You’re going to get chased and end up in a water fight (super soakers are welcome). You’re also going to be covered from head to toe by colored powders. Anyone and anywhere is fair game, so beware!
The festival wraps up with eating, drinking and visiting family and friends. Groups of people also go around the community playing music and singing. All in all, this festival is a fantastic start to spring.
Colored Powders at a Market in India
People Celebrating Festival of Colors,
Image by Martin Brown
If you’re interested in playing along, there are some great options. Here is Philadelphia we have a festival called Holi One. It’s a global, non-religious festival inspired by Holi. This festival is full of colors, food and music.
There is also the Festivals of Colors USA, another non-religious festival. Festival locations tends on the west coast. Their main location in Salt Lake City, Utah gets up to 100,000 participants.
If you can’t get to any of these, play along at home. Go on and get your Super Soakers out. I know you want to!