Holi – (Indian Thingyan) II

Both festivals are derived from Hindu mythology. However, water festivals in Burma and other parts of South east Asia and in Yunnan, have a different version from Indian Holi.

Both of them are occasions of great fun and merriment, songs and dances, and of joyful splashing.

Enjoy the different cultures and broaden our minds!

Holi 2010 – The Big Picture – Boston.com



Last Monday (March 1st), people in India and other countries with large Hindu populations celebrated Holi, the Festival of Colors. A welcoming of Spring, Holi is celebrated as the triumph of good over evil. Hindu devotees and others enthusiastically drop their inhibitions, and chase each other in temples and through the streets, playfully splashing colorful paint, powder and water on each other. People also attend bonfires to commemorate the story of Prahlada, a Hindu figure and devout follower of Lord Vishnu who prevailed over his father and the demoness Holika with the power of his devotion. Collected here are a handful of images from this year’s Festival of Colors. (37 photos total)

YouTube – Holiya Re Dance Performance at Fremont Temple – Holi Festival


YouTube – holi 2010 with DJ Tanveer @ sunnyvale hindu temple,CA


YouTube – Holi Festival 2010, Dolores Park, San Francisco (1 of 3)


YouTube – ramya ,Vidhya , Aarti and others for Holi festival dance


YouTube – Holi 2010 celebration senkang CC singapore


INDIAN “HOLI” (THINGYAN) FESTIVAL – The Mandalay Gazette – Of the Myanmar, By the Burmese, For the Myanmarian…


होली (Sanskrit), Holi, or Holli,is a spring festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and others. It is primarily observed in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka,[1] and countries with large Indic diaspora populations, such as Suriname, Guyana, South Africa, Trinidad, United Kingdom, United States, Mauritius, and Fiji. In West Bengal of India it is known as Dolyatra (Doul Jatra) or Basanta-Utsav (“spring festival”). The most celebrated Holi is that of the Braj region, in locations connected to the god Krishna: Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandagaon, and Barsana. These places have become tourist destinations during the festive season of Holi, which lasts here to up to sixteen days [2].

The main day, Holi, also known as Dhuli Vandana in Sanskrit,also Dhulheti, Dhulandi or Dhulendi, is celebrated by people throwing coloured powder and coloured water at each other. Bonfires are lit the day before, also known as Holika Dahan (burning of Holika) or Chhoti Holi (little Holi). The bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlad accomplished when Demoness Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but Prahlad, a staunch devotee of god Vishnu, escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable devotion. Holika Dahan is referred to as Kama Dahanam in South India.

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