Let’s Play Some Holi

~ Reetu Bajaj ’12

Holi is celebrated on the day after the full moon (Pooranmashi) in early March every year. Originally a festival to celebrate good harvest of the land, Holi is now a commemoration of a legend from Hindu Mythology. One story is about an arrogant king who dislikes his son Prahlada worshipping Lord Vishnu. After failing in each attempt of killing his son, the king’s sister Holika, who is said to be immune to burning, sits with Prahlada in a huge fire. Though the Prince remains unscathed, Holika burns to death. Thus, huge bonfires are burnt on the eve of Holi as a representation. Holi is also associated with the immortal love between Krishna and Radha. Marked by colored powder and vibrant processions of song, dance, and vitality, Holi is celebrated as a day with a lot of fun. This year, Holi is celebrated on the 11th of March so bring and throughout out some color during your day!