One of the most significant holidays in India is Holi, which is celebrated with great excitement. The festival of colours is set to pique people’s imaginations as spirits are at an all-time high around the country. Holi is symbolic of celebrating the beautiful aspects of life such as the triumph of good over evil, colours, fertility and love. It is that soothing time of the year when winter transitions into summer, marking the harvest season’s beginning. The root of the word ‘Holi’ lies in the Latin word ‘Hola’ which means showing gratitude to the god for the growing season. Regarded as the festival of colours, it is no surprise that Holi is celebrated all over the world with the utmost zest. Let us now look at the various Holi traditions around the world with which people celebrate this beautiful festival.
To experience the beautiful spirit of Holi like that of India, the Indian community in the USA organize large meet-ups so that people can enjoy themselves as a community and don’t miss out on the fun and energy of this festival. Apart from this the local temples and the Indian student association host various small celebratory events. The two popular large-scale events held at the time of Holi in the USA are:
- Houston Holi: Holi events in Texas are quite popular as a large number of people come together to play with colours. There are also rides for children and dance performances. All in all the whole event is like a carnival.
- Utah-based Holi celebration: This Holi event is organized by ISKCON, which is one of the largest Holi celebrations in the entire country. Although they organize Holi events at many places, ISKON is especially famous for their Utah-based Belur Math-style Krishna temple.
At Oxford University students celebrate the beautiful festival of Holi with open arms promoting inclusivity and the idea of finding beauty in differences. Even the Non-Indian students get together with Indian students to embrace the beauty of colours while accepting the different traditions and cultures eliminating all boundaries. The celebration reconnects the NRI students back to their roots while bonding with their fellow batchmates.
Canada is home to a large Punjabi community for whom Holi marks the beginning of the harvest season signifying fertility. Since back at home, Holi for the people of Punjab is a significant festival, Punjabis in Canada try to bring the same spirit of Holi by celebrating it with utmost fervour. People gather together as a community and light bonfires, sing, dance, eat, and play with powdered colours also called gulal while spraying each other with water.
At a national level also, Holi celebrations has been given recognition in Canada as the Canadian Parliament joined the spirit of the festival by decorating the parliament complex for the first time in 2017.
To make sure people find everything they need to celebrate Holi, there are many supermarkets in Australia – SuperBazaar, Rachel and India at Home – where Holi-related things are easily available.
Holi is celebrated at a large scale in the city of Melbourne where people get together and play with colours and water guns. In addition to this, there are many events organized by the Hindu Council of Australia.
The fact that Tamil is one of the official languages of Singapore makes the importance of the Indian community quite obvious. To embrace the beauty of different traditions, locals join the celebrations of Holi with a lot of excitement. Watercolour fights are a common scene at the time of Holi in Singapore. Celebrating the festival of Holi as a community by embracing different traditions definitely promotes the idea of inclusivity in all its glory. Though the celebrations might not match the exact vibes of India, the festive events in Singapore certainly are events to look forward to.
This beautiful city of Spain celebrates the spirit of Holi in its own way by adding an essence of Spain to the Indian celebrations of Holi. Instead of playing with colours, they lather each other with tomatoes. This is known as the Tomatina festival. The locals join the celebrations with utmost enthusiasm enhancing the vibes of Holi.
Ans- The most common traditions that are generally associated with the festival of Holi is lighting a bonfire, playing with colours and water balloons/guns, eating good food and sweets and dancing to traditional folk music.
Ans- Holi is celebrated with utmost zest in the city of Agra – located on the banks of the river Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh. Apart from being known as the place where the iconic 7th wonder of the world – Taj Mahal is located, it is also known for the grand celebration of the festival Holi.
Ans- Taking the example of the USA, the Indian community residing in America organize large meetups where they play with colours, enjoy good food, dance and try to bring the same spirit of Holi as it is in India.
Ans- Following are some of the interesting facts related to the festival of Holi:
The use of natural colours to celebrate Holi was inspired by Ayurveda.
-Holi marks the incoming Harvest and Spring season signifying fertility.
-It makes people remember the beauty and importance of communities as during Holi people generally come together as a community to celebrate the beautiful spirit of Holi.
-Celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun as per the lunar calendar, Holi is regarded as a lunar celebration.
The festival of Holi brings together people from different walks of life to celebrate some of the important aspects of life such as fertility, the victory of good over evil, the beauty of colours, the importance of community and so much more. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that this beautiful festival of colours is celebrated all around the globe with various traditions.
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