Yesterday was the 8th of March which (I think) means one thing for the people of India:
Holi is a popular ancient Hindu festival. It has many different names:
- Festival of Spring
- Festival of Colours
- Festival of Love
I would like to take the opportunity to wish a happy Holi to the people of India:
Happy Holi Dear Indian Friends!
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As you might already know, most of my readers are from India, so I thought today is the perfect opportunity to learn and share a little bit about the Indian culture by doing some research on Holi.
What is Holi?
The Holi festival celebrates the eternal and divine love of Radha Krishna.
It also expresses the triumph of good over evil, by celebrating the victory of Lord Vishnu as Narasimha Narayana over Hiranyakashipu.
As I am an outsider basically I know nothing about Holi. I saw photos of people pouring colourful powders on each other. However as a photographer, I am obsessed with colours (and with monochrome photos too), I did not really understand why this is happening.
Why do people pour colourful powder on each other?
As I did not know why do people pour colourful powder on each other, I did some research and I found the info here.
The ritual of throwing colourful powders draws on the story of Krishna and Radha.
As a child, Krisha was jealous of his beloved Radha’s fair complexion, which was much lighter than his own blue face.
He complained to his mother Yashoda, who playfully told him to colour Radha’s face in whatever colour he liked – which he did.
During Holi Hindus throw colourful powder, known as gulal, to celebrate Krishna, Radha and their love for each other.
Who is Krishna and Radha?
I do not like to rephrase good writings, so I will just quote what I found about Krisha on britannica.com.
Krishna, Sanskrit Kṛṣṇa, one of the most widely revered and most popular of all Indian divinities, worshipped as the eighth incarnation (avatar, or avatara) of the Hindu god Vishnu and also as a supreme god in his own right. Krishna became the focus of numerous bhakti (devotional) cults, which have over the centuries produced a wealth of religious poetry, music, and painting. The basic sources of Krishna’s mythology are the epic Mahabharata and its 5th-century-CE appendix, the Harivamsha, and the Puranas, particularly Books X and XI of the Bhagavata-purana. They relate how Krishna (literally “black,” or “dark as a cloud”) was born into the Yadava clan, the son of Vasudeva and Devaki, who was the sister of Kamsa, the wicked king of Mathura (in modern Uttar Pradesh). Kamsa, hearing a prophecy that he would be destroyed by Devaki’s child, tried to slay her children, but Krishna was smuggled across the Yamuna River to Gokula (or Vraja, modern Gokul), where he was raised by the leader of the cowherds, Nanda, and his wife Yashoda.
Radha, in Hinduism, the gopi (milkmaid) who became the beloved of the god Krishna during that period of his life when he lived among the gopas (cowherds) of Vrindavan. Radha was the wife of another gopa but was the dearest of Krishna’s consorts and his constant companion. In the bhakti (devotional) movement of Vaishnavism, the female, Radha, is sometimes interpreted as symbolizing the human soul and the male, Krishna, as symbolizing God.
Well, this was a brief and dry introduction to The Festival of Holi, but I am pretty sure there are much more in it than I just briefly described here.
Dear people of India!
What does Holi mean to you?
Share your thoughts and photos in the comment section.
I wish you a Happy Holi again. 🌏🌼🌈❤
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