Holi: The Indian Festival of Color

Wouldn’t you love to celebrate the coming of spring with a wild and exuberant festival where you didn’t have to behave and got to throw colored powder and perfume on people? Sounds like fun!

That’s the festival of Holi, an Indian holiday that is believed to commemorate the faithfulness of a young man, Prahlada, who continued to worship the god, Vishnu, even after he was ordered to stop by his father. His father commanded him and his aunt, Holika, into a fire that burnt up the aunt but spared Prahlada. The name Holi comes from the unlucky aunt.

Followers of Hinduism offer prayers on Holi and light bonfires to commemorate the story of Prahlada, as well.

The festival can last for a few days and it is generally seen as a time where people do not have to adhere to the strict social code in India but can relax and celebrate.

Although celebrations may vary by region, Holi is an important holiday in India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

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2 responses to “Holi: The Indian Festival of Color

  1. You have a wonderful blog…you put so much effort into it….and it is always filled with great info…fun for kids and great for parents and teachers. Thank you!

    • Kathryn Coulibaly

      Thank you so much! I love learning about other people and cultures and I love sharing what I’ve learned with my son. This is a great creative outlet for me. I really appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog and comment. It’s wonderful to have your support and encouragement!

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