Celebrations around the world mark spring’s advent
Observers around the world on Friday celebrated Holi, the springtime Festival of Colors with Hindu origins, which marks the season’s arrival and good’s triumph over evil.
Holi is named after Holika, the demoness aunt of a king’s disloyal son in one of the festival’s source myths, according to holifestival.org. In that story, King Hiranyakshyap grows frustrated and jealous enough at his son’s worship of Lord Naarayana that the king asks his sister de el Holika to sit in a fire with his son de ella, Prahlad, in her lap de ella.
Holika does so and burns to death while Prahlad—who chants the name of Lord Naarayana—emerges unharmed as Naarayana’s reward for his unyielding devotion. Effigies of Holika burnt throughout the holiday reference this myth.
The ritual of throwing colored powder, traditionally known as gulaland water is rooted in the legend of Radha and Krishna.
In that tale, a young Krishna, the Hindu god of protection, compassion, tenderness and love, doused Radha — the other half of his soul — with colors on her face out of jealousy for her fair complexion.
Krishna’s mom suggests the prank when he whines to her about nature’s injustice—an Ogress named Pootana attempted to kill Krishna as an infant with poisoned milk that stained him blue thereafter—and he abides.
Nowadays, friends, lovers, neighbors and relatives splash each other to express their affection.