Today we acknowledge the celebration of Holi, a Hindu holiday that marks the beginning of Spring and the triumph of good over evil. Holi may also be known as Fagwah, the Festival of Colors, Vasanta Utsav, Dulhendi, Sigmo in Goa, Shimga in Maharashtra, or Doljatra. The rituals associated with the celebration include vibrant colors called 'gulal' or 'abir' used in play, bonfires, dancing and songs, along with large feasts. According to The Times of India:
Holi is one of the most significant Hindu festivals in India and is known as the 'festival of colours'. Holi - the festival of colours, is celebrated by people smearing each other with colours. Delicious gujiyas and a serving of 'bhang' is also an integral part of Holi celebrations in India.
A day before Holi, people make a huge community bonfire known as Holika Dahan. This year, Holika Dahan will be observed on Sunday, March 28, 2021, and the next day people will celebrate the festival of Holi. In some parts of the country, the festival of Holi is known as Dol Jatra or Dol Purnima.
Holi is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun. It is also called the Spring Festival, as it marks the arrival of spring.
The rituals of Holika Dahan is carried out in remembrance of demoness Holika and signifies the victory of good over evil.
Learn more about the celebrations in the links below.
From the Pryor Cashman family to yours - May the colorful festival of Holi bring you good luck and prosperity in life.
- [Prokeraia] Holi 2021
- [The Times of India] When is Holi in 2021? Why is it celebrated
- [Business Today] When Is Holi 2021? Date, time, significance; why is it celebrated?
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