The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, gave his warm greetings to the nation while celebrating their beloved Hindu holiday, Holi. His remarks expressed how the festival is a symbol of love, affection, and brotherhood.
Holi celebrations are in full effect around India, which has made way for the need of increase in security and the encouragement of festival-goers to still practice safe measures to protect themselves from Covid-19. In the United States, large Festival of Colors celebrations are being held over the weekend and on later dates throughout 2022, although smaller celebrations among families and friends are occurring today, March 18.
One thing is certain – Holi is a time for fun, enjoying life, and spreading love!
Looking to celebrate Holi in the US?
Here are upcoming festival dates:
March 19 – India Cultural Society Festival of Colors in Oak Park, CA
March 19 – Dallas Festival of Colors at Southfork Ranch in Parker, TX
March 7, 14, and 21st – Holi Celebration at Stage 48 in New York City, New York
March 26 and 27 – Festival of Colors Event at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, UT
April 16 – Holi Festival of Colors at Sunset Park in Las Vegas, NV
June 11 – Festival of Colors Event at The Krishna Temple in Salt Lake City, UT
What is Holi?
Holi is a nationally recognized Hindu holiday in India that celebrates spring, love, and renewal as we move into a new season. It honors the eternal and divine love of Radha Krishna. It is typically a 2-day event, starting with a bonfire night that involves singing, dancing, and getting rid of negative energy and thoughts.
The next day is a huge Festival of Colors, where everyone wears white clothing and throws around beautifully colored powder or water to paint the town in colors representing spring. The festival also focuses on spending time with family and friends, enjoying Holi foods, and celebrates the notion of new beginnings and experiences. Many will also visit Hindu temples decorated with bright colors to honor Hindu Deities Lord Krishna, Goddess Radha, and Lord Vishnu.
The idea of Holi is to forgive and forget – let your past be the past, and mend broken ties with friends or family. Celebrate love and give love, while also creating new relationships. Also, be open to new experiences and blessings that are sure to come your way.
What Day is Holi?
Holi is celebrated on March 17 and March 18 in India this year. However, the timing of Holi for future celebrations will be synchronized with the moon, and always falls on a full moon day. Here are upcoming Holi celebration dates for years to come:
- March 7, 2023
- March 14, 2024
- March 24, 2025
- March 3, 2026
- March 22, 2027
If you’re celebrating Holi this year, we wish you nothing but love, happiness, and growth. You can also follow live updates on the celebration in India here. Please celebrate safely with your loved ones, and happy Holi!