Holi: The Festival of Colors
This festival is often called the Festival of Colors, since people throw water and color at each other as they celebrate brushing off the somberness of winter and showering in the warm colors of spring. This Hindu festival is celebrated in either February or March depending on the night of the full moon. Most people don’t know that Holi is actually celebrated for two days. The first day is celebrated on the day of the full moon. The second day is when the colored powder and water are thrown. The Hindus worship both Radha and Lord Krishna on this day. The overall significance of this festival is to illustrate the victory of good over evil. There are multiple versions of the ancient legends, but the endings are always the same. An evil king is defeated by the power of truth. The victory of good over evil teaches people to conduct their lives in an honest way.
In addition to the celebration of spring and worship of Radha and Lord Krishna, the festival also honors the coming of good health. Holi comes at a time where people have been feeling lazy during the winter. The festival allows people to wake up their tired, sluggish bodies and revitalize themselves by singing, dancing and throwing colors and water. This festival is primarily celebrated in countries with large Hindu populations, such as India, Nepal and other parts of the world. However, in the recent past, people from parts of Europe and North America have adopted the celebration of the Holi festival.
The Indian Culture Exchange and the Alpha Gamma Chapter of Delta Epsilon Psi teamed up to throw this event last month to ensure it was a big success. The Holi festival was Delta Epsilon Psi’s Inaugural Signature Service event as they helped raise $2,501 towards their national philanthropy, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.