Holi festival on Winthrop’s campus and the meaning behind the festivities
Holi is an annual two day Hindu, Indian and Nepali spring festival. Also known as the “Festival of Colors,” Holi is a very popular celebration that thousands of people come together to enjoy each year.
This holiday was intended to be a celebration of the beginning of spring. This year, Holi was celebrated on March 1 and lasted until the evening of March 2.
Some people have said that the holiday is just an excuse to throw paint and attend parties, but to Indians around the world the meaning behind the festivities goes much deeper.
Not only does Holi bring in the spring season, but it also has historically celebrated good vibes over evil ones; this reaches down into even the colors used.
According to Time Magazine, the red colored dust represents love and fertility; blue is for the Krishna who is a well known Hindu god and the primary reason behind this celebration; yellow is to represent the color of turmeric; green is to represent the start of something new.
These colors stain clothing, but to the millions of people who take part in the festivals every year, it seems to be worth it.
Victoria Finlay, a writer from the Smithsonian Journeys Magazine, happened to be in India during the last celebration and she described the festivities she saw there.
“With its gorgeous textiles, exotic flowers, exuberant advertising billboards, hand-painted rickshaws and trucks covered with lights, patterns and brightly painted pictures of gods, India is one of the most colorful places on the planet” Finlay said.
Times of India described Krishna as a child who would cover girls in colors and water for fun. Eventually, the other kids in the village started doing it, and it became a yearly event; this, in turn, grew into something more than that.
Winthrop’s DSU hosted a “Holi Fest” on the final day of Holi where students were able to help Winthrop live up to its diversity values.