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Happy Holi!

Happy Holi!

Hey!! Happy Holi!!! 

I hope you have been enjoying Holi. If you’re not sure what Holi is, I will explain to you in this blog. 🙂

What is Holi?

Holi is an ancient Indian festival which is mainly celebrated by Hindus. It signifies good over evil, gives thanks for a good harvest and marks spring. Holi has spread all over the world as the festival of love.

For many Hindus, this festival is a way of closure for any mistakes you have made, to end any conflicts and is a day to forget and forgive.

In India, the festival is celebrated after the Holika Bonfire (Holika Dahan). When the bonfire is lit, people dance and sing around the fire as well as conducting a worship ritual and walk around it three times. It is believed that the demon King Hiranyakashyap (Holika’s brother) wanted her to burn his son because he worshipped Lord Vishnu rather than himself. Therefore, Holika sat in the fire with her nephew (Prahlad) because it was thought that no fire could harm her. However, Prahlad was the only one who didn’t burn due to his significant devotion to Lord Vishnu. Consequently, Holika burned to death.

To celebrate the festival, colourful powders and coloured waters are thrown at friends, family and even strangers. People eat sweets and many consume Bhang (a paste made from cannabis plants). After this celebration, clean clothes are put on and it is time to visit friends and family.

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When is Holi celebrated?

It lasts for a full day and night, starting with a full moon. The date of Holi varies with the lunar cycle. This year it was celebrated from 9-10 March.

Where is the best place to celebrate Holi?

Places to Celebrate Holi in India

According to TripSavvy (2020), the best places to celebrate Holi are Mathura and Vrindavan. There are 10 places shown on the map above which are said to be great places to celebrate Holi. Delhi can get a bit rowdy apparently and it is advised to get up early to celebrate the festival and is best for women to be back to their accommodation by midday. This is to be safe as men tend to get disrespectful as the day goes on and there have been many unwanted crimes. For women, it is safest to go on a guided trip as they are the most vulnerable to the disrespectful men.

Holi celebrations in Birmingham

Unfortunately, I can’t find any Holi celebrations in the centre of Birmingham. However, you can get the train to Touchwood Solihull which takes about half an hour. They are holding an event this Saturday (14 March) between 1pm and 4pm. It is a community event and everyone is welcome. 🙂

I hope that you have enjoyed Holi this year and if you haven’t yet celebrated it, I wish you the best Holi celebrations next year!!!

Thanks for reading!

Charley x

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