Friday, March 13, 2009

Holi, the Festival of Colors

The Hindu spring festival Holi began on March 11. Traditionally observed for two days, Holi celebrates the arrival of spring with festive fanfare. Celebrants playfully throw water and colored powders known as gulal on one another. Bonfires are lit in honor of Prahlada's miraculous survival of a fire in which Hiranyakashipu ordered him to sit.

The largest Holi celebration in the Bay Area takes place annually on Stanford's campus. This year's event is slated for Saturday, March 28. Click here for more information about purchasing tickets.
To learn more about Holi, check out these children's books:

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