On 20 March 2016, Zee Tv and India Club hosted The Holi Festival in Johannesburg. The Ernest Ullman Park in Sandton was filled with color as people celebrated Holi.
A beautiful day filled with happy people and throwing of colored powders available in vibrant shades, and dancing to popular Indian songs.
The participants were South Africans young and old as well as local expats and visiting tourists, who all wanted to enjoy the fun and happiness that Holi – the Festival of Colours – brings about.
A ‘Holi Bazaar’ with stalls from Indian restaurants attracted large number of customers.
Holi is one of the major festival of India and is the most vibrant of all. The joys of Holi knows no bound. The festival is celebrated across the four corners of India or rather across the globe and is filled with so much fun and frolic that the very mention of the word ‘Holi’ draws smile and enthusiasm amongst the people. Holi also celebrates the arrival of Spring, a season of joy and hope.
Legend of Holi Festival
Holi is one of the oldest festivals of India. There are many interesting stories associated with the festival’s origin as one moves across the different states from North to South and East to West. Paintings and scriptures depict the roots of the festival. Mythology plays a very important part in narrating the festival of Holi. The most popular stories of Holi origin relates to ‘Holika Dahan’ and Legend of Radha-Krishna.
The festival also signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships, and is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest in India.
For me it’s an amazing experience to see local SA people connecting with expats in celebration.
Pictures from the festivities: