Today is Holi, also known as the Hindu Festival of Colors. Celebrated by Hindus worldwide, Holi is a spring festival commemorating the end of winter, good harvests, and fertility. Although not really a religious holiday, it does hark back to events in the past. Specifically, it remembers the story of Prahlada, who was miraculously saved from death by burning. If you’re interested in the story, Swami Vivekananda had an excellent retelling. I recommend reading it. In the United States, probably the biggest Holi celebration is held in Spanish Fork, Utah, at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna temple.
I decided to commemorate Holi today by wearing the brightest colors I could find to work. It was a challenge, because I don’t really own that many bright colors, although they are some of my favorites. We’re still in the 30’s and 40’s here, which is kind of unusual, so it makes bright spring colors seem all the more vibrant and unexpected. To be honest, this festival couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I’m so very tired of winter. This year, Holi for me is a major psychological boost! If you’ve never paid attention to Holi, give it a look this year. You just may enjoy it.