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Happy Holi!

Arguably the most colorful day of the year, Holi has become a popularized Hindu holiday that has spread around the world. Celebrated on Sunday, March 12 through Monday, March 13 this year, Holi is known as the day where people throw colors on each other. But what does the holiday really symbolize?

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Holi actually has two different stories in how it’s celebrated. The first one comes from the story of the evil god, Holika. Holika was the sister of the the Hindu deity Hiranya Kashipu, the god of wealth and sex life. One day, Hiranya was so angry that his son Prahlad, started worshipping Lord Vishnu. In order to get rid of this situation, he ordered his sister, Holika, to carry Prahlad into a fire to kill the son. Suddenly, a divine being (believed to be Vishnu) stopped her out of the blue, saving Prahlad, but destroying Holika in the fire. The holiday/word Holi, in turn, comes from Holika, symbolizing the victory of good over evil. The burning of evil is demonstrated in the annual bonfires performed on the eve of Holi, called Holika Dahan.

The colors used in Holi are a whole different story. Still related to the Hindu gods, two major ones fell in love – Krishna and Radha. Radha herself was concerned about falling in love with him, since he had blue skin. However, Krishna’s mother suggested her to paint her face blue, jokingly, to overcome their differences. In the end, Radha did just that! The colors of Holi are now continuing that tradition by using those colored powders, or gulal.

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Holi is the day that every ounce of your body will feel happiness! It’s a known fact that those powders, gulal, are thrown through the skies during big festivals and neighborhood block parties. Each color has a meaning. Red is love and fertility, blue is the color of Krishna, yellow is the color of turmeric, and green is spring and new beginnings.

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So go take a break next time and celebrate Holi! Laugh, dance, and sing in the streets! Throw all sorts of colors in the air and rejoice in the day that celebrates love, victory, spring, and social harmony.

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