Hindu students across London came together during the first week of April in order to welcome Spring; creating one colorful explosion.
The Hindu festival Holi, a celebrated festival all across India was welcomed optimistically by many students at Lincoln Inn Fields, Holborn, welcoming Spring with open arms as they officially said goodbye to that cold winter chill.
A group of six Hindu student came together in order to organise an event with 300 people; deciding it would be a “fun way to celebrate our religion with some colour”, especially considering UK weather hasn’t been the greatest. These students felt as though; it was time to bring back some colour into students lives just before exam pressure began to work it’s way in and after getting confirmation from the London council to use the park believed celebrating Holi would be “something unique and memorable.”
So before you ask; What is Holi ?
Here’s some context …
Holi, also known as the “festival of colours” has been a celebrated event by Hindus all across the world for. Some families hold religious ceremonies, but for many Holi is more a time for fun than religious observance. Holi is a colourful festival, with dancing, singing, and throwing of powder paint and coloured water.
Holi is a very old celebration. It’s initial mention can be dated back to fourth century poetry. A 7th century play named Ratnaval describes Holi: ”
“Witness the beauty of the great cupid festival which excites curiosity as the townsfolk are dancing at the touch of brownish water thrown from squirt-guns.They are seized by pretty women while all along the roads the air is filled with singing and drum-beating. Everything is coloured yellowish red and rendered dusty by the heaps of scented powder blown all over.”
The timing of Holi is synchronised with the moon, which means that the dates of each celebration varies year on year.
First and foremost is the burning of the devil Holika, the sister of the Hindu demon king Hiranyakashipu. The demon king was granted immortality with five powers.When his immortality turned him evil and he began to kill anyone who disobeyed him, his son, Prahlad, decided to kill him. When the king found out, he asked his sister Holika for help; in their plan she would wear a cloak which stopped her from being harmed by fire and take Prahlad into a bonfire with her.However the cloak flew from Holika’s shoulders while she was in the fire and covered Prahlad; he was protected but she burnt to death.
but it also draws on the legend of Radha and Krishna. Krishna loved Radha, but felt self-conscious about how different their skin-colours were. So on the advice of his mother, he went and playfully painted her face so it was the same colour as his. It is said that lovers often celebrate Holi in this tradition, by colouring their faces the same colour during the celebrations.Traditionally the colors used in Holi came from flowers and herbs but today they’re usually synthetic.
Some believe, each colour used during Holi has a distinct meaning behind it.
Yellow: yellow, a medieval painting of hell.
Blue: Represent Krisha and spiritually complex color of the gods.
Green: green is the color of nature and happiness.
Red: the color of weddings and life and festivals.
Discussing what it felt like being at the event; students felt as though it was a great opportunity to interact with a vast majority of Hindus across the city. All uniting to not only celebrate their religion but to also have fun.
“energy levels are off the roof”
The event was definitely a success and the society was able to generate more than £300. They have high hopes to keep this up every year due to the mass success of it.