Holi 2024: Celebrating the Hindu Festival of Colour in Kent

Holi 2024: A Guide to the Hindu Festival of Colour and Upcoming Celebrations in Kent

Spring is finally here, and with it comes the vibrant and joyous festival of Holi for Hindus all over the world. This two-day festival, which falls on Monday, March 25th this year, celebrates Krishna, the eighth incarnation of the Hindu deity Vishnu. Here’s everything you need to know about this colourful and meaningful celebration.

The Legend of Holi

Holi is rooted in Hindu mythology, with a story of good conquering evil. According to the legend, a demon king demanded that everyone in his kingdom worship him, and those who refused would be punished. However, the king’s own son worshipped Vishnu, and the king enlisted the help of his sister to kill him. She tried to burn the boy by sitting with him on a pyre while wearing a fire-proof cloak, but the fire ended up killing her instead. Vishnu then killed the demon king, and the festival of Holi celebrates this triumph of good over evil.

Traditions and Celebrations

The night before Holi, a bonfire is lit to symbolize the burning of evil spirits. People throw small items like popcorn, chickpeas, and coconut into the fire. On the day of Holi, people gather in the streets to sing, dance, and enjoy sweets. The most exciting part of the festivities is when people playfully throw coloured powder and water at each other, often wearing white clothes as a canvas for the colourful celebration.

Upcoming Events in Kent

For those looking to celebrate Holi in Kent, there are several events to check out. Cohesion Plus is hosting a free event on Sunday, March 24th at the Open Air Theatre in Central Park, Dartford. The event will feature music, food, dance, and of course, colours. Gravesend Hindu Temple is also hosting a Holi event on Saturday, March 23rd at Fort Gardens in Milton Place. Maidstone will also have a Holi celebration on Sunday, March 24th at Collis Millennium Green Park, organized by Collis Millennium Green Trust and the Maidstone Nepalese Community. Various Hindu temples, including Medway Hindu Mandir in Gillingham, will also be open and performing religious hymns on the day of Holi.

Don’t miss out on the colourful and lively celebrations of Holi in Kent this year. Join in on the fun and experience this beautiful festival of colour and triumph over evil.

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