“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. ” -Oscar Wilde
Today marks the Indian/Hindu spring festival of Holi. Holi has to be hands-down, one of my favorite holidays ever. It's messy, crazy and you get to throw colored powder. Can you think of anything better? The festival celebrates the beginning of spring by paying homage to the colors of the season while saying goodbye to the bleakness of winter. Although it is mainly a fun and festive (and often wild) party, the celebration is deeply rooted in Hindu mythology. In addition to welcoming the start of spring, the festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil because of the death of the evil demon Holika and is also often associated with the Hindu god Krishna.
If you're not familiar with Holi, the popular festival is marked with people throwing colored pigment at each other. You show up to a Holi festival in the whitest garments you can find to get doused in color by friends and family. The holiday has become an iconic symbol of Indian culture. Sadly, I won't be throwing any brighly hued powder today so I thought I could pay tribute to the colorful occasion virtually. Here are a few ways to get the Holi experience today or any time of the year.
DIY like it's Holi
I was so excited to see this awesome DIY tutorial on how to make Holi inspired posters on one of my favorite blogs, Design*Sponge. To make your own poster, colored pigments can be purchased on Amazon as D*S suggests but you can also purchase them at many local Indian grocery stores. It is a fun and creative way to make your own colorful and gorgeous art pieces.
Run like it's Holi
Color runs have become extremely popular all over the US. There is one in Dallas next weekend (no joke about the popularity as sadly it sold out very quickly. The race's website does tease another one in the fall). The run is a 5K where you get doused with a new color every kilometer you run. I can't think of a more fun 5K. The Color Run has upcoming dates in April and May in numerous cities including Austin, Orange County and Baton Rouge.
Sing (and dance) like it's Holi
Holi makes its way into most Bollywood movies but there's nothing more famous than this song. To get more of your color throwing music fix, check out this dramatic Linkin Park video inspired by Holi.
image sources: top collage (an Indian boy celebrates today in Mumbai via usnews.com taken by Rajanish Kakade/AP, Holi powder unknown photo credit and a Holi celebration in Berlin last year taken by Oliver Lang/DAPD), DIY poster: designsponge.com; thecolorun.com