Holi Tradition

By Akanksha Thakur

Communications Student, Akanksha Thakur discusses one of her favorite Hindu festivals which took place on Friday, March 18.

Holi is the festival of colors. This is a popular festival in Hinduism culture. It is mostly celebrated in India and Nepal, but other countries and cultures partake.

Originally, this festival began as a celebration of the love shared between two gods in our culture, Lord Krishna, and Radha. This is celebrated with powdered color, and various sweets and snacks. Some of the snacks include gujiya, milk, fruit, and Indian sweets. One example is Gujiya, it is a fried dumpling coated in syrup and has dried fruits in it. 

The main tradition is using powdered colors on each other, which come in bags, each color symbolizing a different meaning. 

Blue symbolizes Lord Krishna, who is one of the Hindu gods and has been portrayed with blue skin. Green symbolizes rebirth, new beginning, or a fresh start. Red symbolizes birth, or fertility. All of this symbolism culminates into a celebration of new life, and symbolizes marriage, and togetherness of people. Many married women also wear the red powder on their hair partition to show that they are married. 

Holi is a very fun and festive occasion. Although it is traditional, it can be celebrated by anyone and everyone. It is a great way to get involved with family and friends. It is also a fantastic bonding exercise, just getting together with loved ones and participating in a fun activity. Although the clean-up of the colors may be a hassle, the memories will last a lifetime.

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Last Updated: 03/30/2022