Indianspice and Ganesha Communications are bursting with color this Holi fest 2013 in South Africa. We are working with the South African Indian communities to promote these colorful festivals in majority of provinces, towns where possible. Send us your Holi information and we will promote it FREE of charge to the greater South African community. Please continue to visit our the Indianspice website, www.indianspice.co.za
Holi Celebrations – Where to go?
Durban Central: RAINBOW SPLASH
This Easter the celebration of colour meets the rainbow nation of South africa – Rainbow Splash. A platform for people to come together and share in the common need for peace, truth, beauty and love. It’s social cohesion in living colour!
Come to North beach, grab a bag of colour and be part of the action in our “mess-contest.” With famous DJ, Deon Govender, be prepared for an awesome mixture of music and friendship.
Date: 31st March 2013, Sunday
Venue: North Beach ~
Time: 15H00PM – 17H00PM
Holi is a spring festival celebrated by Hindus, as a festival of colours. Over the years, Holi has become an important festival in many regions wherever Indian diaspora had found its roots, be it in Africa, North America, Europe or closer to home in South Asia Every year, thousands of Hindus participate in the festival Holi. The festival has many purposes. First and foremost, it celebrates the beginning of the new season, spring. Originally, it was a festival that commemorated good harvests and the fertile land.
The spring season, during which the weather changes, is believed to cause viral fever and cold. The playful throwing of natural coloured powders has a medicinal significance: the colours are traditionally made of Neem, Kumkum, Haldi, Bilva, and other medicinal herbs prescribed by Āyurvedic doctors.
Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring’s abundant colors and saying farewell to winter. It also has a religious purpose, commemorating events present in Hindu mythology. Although it is the least religious holiday, it is probably one of the most exhilarating ones in existence. During this event, participants hold a fun festival of music, dance and culture and throw colored powder at each other, and celebrate with much joy and mirth.
In most areas, Holi lasts about two days. Holi lowers (but does not remove completely) the strictness of social norms, which includes gaps between age, gender, status, and caste. Together, the rich and poor, women and men, enjoy each other’s presence on this joyous day. No one expects polite behavior; as a result, the atmosphere is filled with excitement, fun and joy.