Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours is a fun annual cultural event in which everyone is invited to throw bags of coloured powder at one another. It usually marks the beginning of Spring (autumn in our case) and there are several legends associated with the festival, which usually runs two or three days.
This festival which is celebrated annually in India, Nepal and Pakistan, is now acknowledged in the United States, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Fiji and now in Australia.
Everyone is invited to celebrate Holi this year, at a special three day event held in Darling Harbour. Entitled Holi Mahotsav, this will be the tenth annual celebration organised by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia and this year, they have organised a stellar festival program.
This three day event runs from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th March, 2012.
Event highlights include a live music, dance and cultural performance festival program featuring over 400 local and international artists, musicians and performers, cultural workshops and seminars, yoga and meditation sessions, Indian vegetarian food and merchandise stalls, art exhibitions and much more.
It is worth noting that on Friday 23rd, it will be a special school groups day and various workshops and seminars will be held, while on Saturday 24th, there will street procession with a Ratha-Yatra, meditation, prayer and yoga sessions and a sacred Holi bonfire, and finally on Sunday 25th, the fun colour throwing festivities of Holi will occur, as well as live music and cultural performances and market stalls.
It is great to see holi being celebrated with such aplomb in countries outside India. However Holi should always be played with organic colours because the ones you get from the markets are made up of harsh chemicals that can cause skin and hair damage, plus the colour doesn't wade off even after 3-4 days. So celebrate this Holi with organic colours. For more information, visit -http://www.craftsvilla.com/occasion-gifts/holi-colours.html