Today was a blast! We got to jump right into Indian culture and celebrated the Holi holiday! Yahoo!
Here is the legend of Holi.
“There are many legends given as the reason for celebrating ‘Holi’. There is one popular legend that is reputed to bring about the birth of ‘Holi’. It seems that long ago there was an evil king named King Hiranyakasipu. His son, prince Prahlad however was very holy and often prayed to God and this infuriated his father. One day, the wicked king ordered his sister, the demon Holika, to kill his son. The demon Holika, who was immune to fire, captured prince Prahlad and entered a fire furnace. She had done this to kill the prince, however it was her who was burnt to ashes. Prince Prahlad was safe and was not burnt at all. The legend goes that before the demon aunt died, she begged for prince Prahlad’s forgiveness and the prince forgave her and announced that her name would be remembered once a year. Thus the festival ‘Holi’ was created.” (This info came direclty from this website http://www.essortment.com/all/whatishinduho_rksm.htm.)
But the bottom line is, you get to throw colors and water balloons at each other and spray each other with water guns. And if you know us, you know this holiday has our name written all over it.
This is what our kids did to our deck before our home renovation.
These young men greeted us this morning with water balloons and sprayed colored water at us. We do not know them – we’ll probably never see them again – but they made us feel a part of this wonderful celebration. It seems if you walk outside on Holi, you are fair game. Bring it!
Then our landlord colored our faces with spices – a kindler, gentler way to celebrate Holi. I was told that if you share colors with someone it means that you have no anomosity between you – that is lovely.
There is a concern with the types of colors that are shared and where the water comes from. Apparently some of the colors contain lead or acid. So, just to be on the safer side, we celebrated Holi at the American Embassy Club.
If you are in India for Holi, you need these things….
clothes you don’t care about
Henna based colors to throw
Don’t worry about a smile – that will take care of itself.
It was a blast and we are adding this to our list of family traditions. Watch out Glen – Holi is coming to a summer near you!