Many countries have started colour runs and colour festivals.
What few realise is the origins of these colour runs is the Hindu of Holi, known as the Festival of Colours. Traditionally celebrated in the twelfth month in the Hindu calendar on the last full moon of Phalguna.
The Importance of Holi
Holi is a celebration associated with fertility, the symbolic end of winter and the joyous beginning of spring. Additionally, it is also symbolic of the triumph of good over evil, when the demon Asuras was destroyed. The joyous festival of Holi is highlighted by celebrants playfully spraying each other with water and tossing coloured powders at each other.
The coloured powders made for the Holi festival are known in India as Gulal. Now, the making of Herbal Gulal includes using things like Sandalwood powder, various herbs, Water, multicoloured rose leaves, and flowers like blue hibiscus, which is often ground down to make the perfect Blue Colour Gulal so often used in the festival of colours
The Holi festival of colours has many serious cultural significances among various Hindu traditions right across the Indian subcontinent.
It is on this festive day that one strives to terminate new conflicts or rid oneself of one’s past transgressions and to forgive conflicts with others, it is a day to forgive and forget. People forget debts or pay them, and also start to celebrate and cement relationships with those who have come into their lives.
For many people, it is the start of the new year, as the Holi festival marks the start of spring, with new opportunities, it is a definitive occasion for all people to make new friends and enjoy the beginning of changing season of Spring.