Chakra Announcements

Holi, the Festival Of Colors

by Charu das

Posted March 8, 2006

When: March 18, Saturday 4 pm
Where: Krishna Temple, 8628 S Main St., Spanish Fork, Utah
Contact person: Charu or Vai
Contact Numbers: 798-3559/787-1510

The Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork invites all members of the public to celebrate the festival of Holi on Saturday, March 18th, from 4 pm.

In India Holi announces the arrival of spring and the passing of winter. It is a festival that breathes an atmosphere of social merriment. People bury their hatchets with a warm embrace and throw their worries to the wind. Every nook and corner presents a typically colorful sight. Young and old alike are covered with colors (red, green, yellow, blue, black and silver). People in small groups are seen singing, dancing and throwing colors on each other.

Elements of the festival will be observed with classical Indian dance, and a power point presentation and bathing ceremony for India's greatest incarnation, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, whose appearance day coincides with Holi. Lord Chaitanya's pastimes will be narrated and the live play, "Haridas & the Harlot", will dramatize the devotion of Lord Chaitanya's followers.

There will be musical interludes, the lighting of a bonfire, burning of an effigy, and the throwing of dry colors on friends and foe alike. The dry powders supplied by the temple are non stain, but still guests are cautioned not to wear their "Saturday Best."

Salt Lake City teens who will perform dance selections for the occasion are Anisha Roy, Anweshya Majumdar, and Ananya Majumdar. Their presentation will describe how Radha and the Gopis feel while Krishna is around. In their eyes "he is fun, he is magical & powerful." He mesmerizes every one while he plays on his flute.

The girl's' dance teacher, Anita Roy, recently moved to Utah from California, where she got awards & recognition from many well known Bay Area Indian Associations.

Holi has long traditional links with several legends. According to one popular legend, the word Holi is derived from the demoness, Holika. She was the sister of Hiranya Kashipu (the name meaning love of gold and a soft bed), a demon king, who having defeated the Gods, proclaimed his supremacy over everyone else in the Universe. Enraged over his son's ardent devotion to Lord Vishnu, Hiranya Kashipu decides to punish him. He takes the help of his sister, Holika, who is immune to any damage from fire. Holika carries the small boy Prahlad into the fire but a divine intervention destroys her and saves Prahlad from getting burned. Thus Holi is celebrated to mark the burning of the evil Holika. Her effigy is consumed in the fire!

Holi is celebrated with special importance in the North of India. It solemnizes the love of Radha and Krishna. The spraying of colored powders recalls the love sport of Lord Krishna and His devotees.

The color, noise and entertainment that accompanies the celebration of Holi bears witness to a feeling of oneness and sense of brotherhood. The festival brings home the lesson of spiritual and social harmony!!

A BYU student who has attended for several years, Stephanie Christiansen says, "I love the gaiety, the hilarity of it all! An unforgettable way to usher in the spring season. Even first time comers swing into the spirit of the event, as white and dark skin colors quickly disappear under layers of green, red, purple, and blue powders. "

Anjali Mangala said. "I haven't been back to India for a dozen years, but today throwing the colors, a flood of memories transported me back to my hometown and my childhood."

Those who would rather observe than participate in the throwing of the colors may stay indoors and watch from the windows, or the upper floor verandah. The temple will supply bags of safe, non stain dry colors for $ 1 each. For safety and health reasons, none should bring colors from outside.

Admission to the event is free of charge. To help the temple construction fund, a suggested $ 6.00 donation will be asked for the full course meals served from a buffet table laden with twenty or thirty preparations. Attendees are invited bring a fruit or flowers or a cooked vegetarian offering to further augment the huge feast.

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