Over the past month, Intercultural Life has been covering a lot of information about Holi, the religious holiday in India that celebrates the arrival of spring. However, many people who are not Hindu also celebrate the holiday. In fact, just this past weekend Central College hosted its own version: Color Me Central. During the event students were doused with colored cornstarch as they ran the two-mile race while also becoming educated about the traditions and history that surround the holiday. Central College is not the first college or university to host such an event. This video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=dXCfqvPuXoQ&app=desktop) shows a recent Holi celebration at Washington University in Saint Louis.
We had a great turnout at Central’s celebration of Holi, and participants seemed to really enjoy themselves, especially when the colors were thrown at the finish line. If you’ve ever seen pictures, videos, or participated in a Holi celebration or official Color Run race, you might wonder why color is thrown in the first place.
Although Holi is celebrated differently depending on the region, a popular legend that explains the reason why people throw color is because of the love story that took place between the deities Lord Krishna and his love Radha. Due to him being self-conscious about his complexion and her beautiful skin, he decided to play a trick. Thus, he threw blue color at her face so that they would be the same. Thus, couples (or anyone in the mood to play a prank) got into the spirit of coloring one another’s faces until it became a festival.
In time, each color also represented separate meanings:
In the season of celebrating Holi and all that spring has to offer, check out the link below for more information about the holiday.