Greater Atlanta Vedic Temple: Holi
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Holi Milan (with colors). Date changed to 3/25:
So don't be shy and dance and play with Holi colors with us!
FREE EVENT. EVERYONE WELCOME!
Date: Sunday, March 25, 2018
Venue: Greater Atlanta Vedic Temple, 492 Harmony Grove Rd, Lilburn GA 30047.
Contact: www.vedictemple.org, https://www.facebook.com/events/433252880420934/
The Holi festival commemorates the victory of good over evil, brought about by the burning and destruction of the demoness named Holika. This was enabled through unwavering devotion to the Hindu god of preservation, Lord Vishnu. Holi got its name as the "Festival of Colors" from Lord Krishna, who liked to play pranks on the village girls by drenching them in water and colors. The festival marks the end of winter and the abundance of the upcoming spring harvest season.
How is Holi Celebrated?
People spend the day smearing colored powder all over each other's faces, throwing colored water at each other, having parties, and dancing under water sprinklers. Bhang (a paste made from cannabis plants) is also traditionally consumed during the celebrations.
How is Holika Dahan Performed?
The emphasis of Holi rituals is on the burning of demoness Holika. On the eve of Holi, large bonfires are lit to mark occasion. This is known as Holika Dahan. As well as performing a special hawan, people sing and dance around the fire, and walk around it three times.
The burning of Holika comes from the story where, Holika's brother demon King Hiranyakashyap instructed her to burn his son, Prahlad, because he followed Lord Vishnu and didn't worship him. Holika sat with Prahlad in her lap, in the burning fire, because it was thought that no fire could harm her. However, due to his devotion to Lord Vishnu who protected him, Prahlad survived and Holika was charred to death.
Holika Dahan and Colors Celebration is simply a day for having fun!