Holi Festival of colour

Watch the following video and answer the questions:

  • The Hindu majority is celebrating its ____________ ___________ ___________ called “Holi”
  • Holi for Indians is both a __________ and a socio-________ festival.
  • and it makes us feel _________ which is the _________ part of this festival.
  • The biggest reason the celebrate this festival is to mark the beginning of the new season: __________.
  • “It is a good way to celebrate _______ and say goodbye to _____”
  • The festival also has different rituals like: :____________ _________, _____________, and __________ that adds more enthusiasm.
  • The playful method of throwing colors, made of ____________ ___________ ___________, had a great medicinal significance in curing the symptoms of any such infection; this became a ____________ .
  • It is believed Holi features a ____________ impact as well and it changes the ______ of those taking part into the festival according to the ________ used.

THE HOLI FESTIVAL

The Holi festival commemorates the victory of good over evil, brought about by the burning and destruction of the demoness named Holika. This was enabled through unwavering devotion to the Hindu god of preservation, Lord Vishnu.

Holi got its name as the “Festival of Colors” from Lord Krishna, a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, who liked to play pranks on the village girls by drenching them in water and colors.

The festival marks the end of winter and the abundance of the upcoming spring harvest season.

When is Holi Celebrated?

The day after the full moon in March each year. In 2016, Holi will be celebrated on March 24. It will happen a day earlier in parts of eastern India, such as West Bengal.

Where is Holi Celebrated?

You’ll find Holi festivities taking place in most areas of India. However, they’re more exuberant in some places than others. Traditional Holi celebrations are the biggest at Mathura, four hours from Delhi. Viator offers two day exclusive Holi festival trips to Mathura from Delhi.

How is Holi Celebrated?

People spend the day smearing colored powder all over eachother’s faces, throwing colored water at each other, having parties, and dancing under water sprinklers. Bhang (a paste made from cannabis plants) is also traditionally consumed during the celebrations.

What Rituals are Performed?

The emphasis of Holi rituals is on the burning of the demoness Holika. On the eve of Holi, large bonfires are lit to mark occasion and to burn evil spirits. This is known as Holika Dahan.

What to Expect During the Celebrations

Holi is a very carefree festival that’s great fun to participate in if you don’t mind getting wet and dirty. You’ll end up saturated in water, with color all over your skin and clothes. Some of it doesn’t wash out easily, so be sure to wear old clothes. It’s also a good idea to rub hair oil or coconut oil into your skin beforehand, to prevent the color from absorbing.

Holi Safety Information

Single women should avoid going out alone in public places during Holi, as inebriated young Indian males often pose a safety threat. These males, who have consumed excessive amounts of bhang and other intoxicants, will inappropriately touch women and make a nuisance of themselves. They are usually in groups and can be very aggressive. Incidents of rape also do occur, which makes it important to take proper care during Holi.

If you plan on going out into the streets on Holi, do so early in the morning. Be back in your hotel by midday before the men get too inebriated.

Expect to have colored powder and water rubbed and thrown onto your face, mouth and ears. Keep your mouth shut and protect your eyes as much as possible.

(Adpated from: http://goindia.about.com/od/festivalsevents/p/Holi.htm)

Activity here: THE HOLI FESTIVAL OF COLOUR

ACTIVITY: PICTURE ANALYSIS

Caption: “This festival represents the best of our traditions”

Analyse the picture above following the instructions previously explained and considering the following points of information. Write down your analysis in 150-200 words:

  • Refer to the caption
  • Use appropriate vocabulary
  • Use connectors to start, link and finish ideas.
  • Refer to the target culture (India)
  • Refer to the topic option (Cultural diversity)
  • You may also refer to personal experiences related to this topic.
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