Holi festival comprises an explosion of colour

Local 2A HUGE gathering of people took part in the Indian festival Holi (or Colour) festival, a well-known Indian tradition which has been celebrated for over a decade here in the South.

It is held to honour the new season of Spring, and participants throw colourful powder, water and foam at each other.

The party is an explosion of joy, which unites East and West, and invokes good humour, said the organisers from Fañabe square, where the event took place.

Tenerife South Indian Association organised the event, with all the ingredients to ensure a fantastic occasion. And they didn’t forget to supply the popular Indian cuisine.

This community invites residents and tourists every year to enjoy and share the popular festival with the natives from India.

The Holi, an important cultural and social gathering, is one of the most impressive festivals in India. And the tradition has spread throughout the world. Yet, so far, it is not celebrated in Tenerife’s Santa Cruz capital.

Originally, the colours were obtained by mixing water with various medicinal plants, prescribed to ward off fever.

The festival also breaks down discrimination barriers because  everyone is colourful, reaffirming universal brotherhood.

There are two key days: the eve, known as Joliká (or bonfire night), and Holi, in which multi-coloured water takes centre stage.

This Hindu tradition is celebrated at the beginning of Spring, when the weather changes, and people are likely to have a virus or cold.

And throwing coloured powder has a therapeutic significance because they would have been made from herbs, prescribed by Ayurvedic (traditional doctors).

Holi refers to Joliká, the evil sister of King Hiranyakashipu and Prince Prahlada’s aunt. According to Hindu legend, when the powers bestowed on the King blinded him, believing he should be the only deity his people should worship, Prince Prahlada decided to continue venerating Vishnu, second god in the Hindu triumvirate, and infuriated his father.

The King chose to punish his son, cruelly, but nothing changed. So his aunt decided to kill the prince and invited him to sit on a pyre with her, wearing a fireproof mantle that protected her from the flames.

But the mantle then changed its owner and protected Prahlada, who saw his aunt burned by the flames.

And that’s the Holi doctrine: good always ends up overcoming evil!

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