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Revelers throw their worries to wind, in this case, colored cornstarch, to help celebrate the Indian tradition of Holi. Photo by Tony Cagala
Revelers throw their worries to wind, in this case, colored cornstarch, to help celebrate the Indian tradition of Holi. Photo by Tony Cagala
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Holi Festival of Color

ESCONDIDO — Celebrating the Indian tradition of Holi, welcoming in spring and the passing of winter, revelers at Grape Day Park on Saturday threw their worries to the wind in the form of colored cornstarch, drenching themselves and anyone nearby in colors of purple, green, yellow and pink.

India’s Holi Festival of Color is typically celebrated in late February or early March, which helps to bridge social gaps and to renew relationships, often through hugging.

This is the second year in a row the Holi Festival of Colors was hosted at the park. A second event is scheduled for Oceanside’s Rotary Park June 13.

4 comments

Pratima Balkaran June 14, 2015 at 10:23 am

Holi, also known as Phagwa, is indeed Hindu. Though it is celebrated around the spring season and relates to ideas of rejuvenation and rebirth, there is a much greater and deeper meaning linking to the depths of Hindu teachings from the holy Ramayana (Hindu Scripture). Those of you who think it predates Hinduism, is sadly mistaken and misled. Do the research and speak to someone who is in authority on the subject matter and not clouded by misconception and dishonestly!

Swami Param June 3, 2015 at 6:59 am

“Sachi” (a Hindu name), like many in the phony yoga movement, is confused, at best. Holi is a Hindu festival developed long after Hinduism first began in the Indus Valley. Sachi’s comment is simply another example of the thought-less new-age dogma. BTW, it is Hindu, not Hindi (a language).

Sachi Plummer June 2, 2015 at 7:59 pm

Thanks Tony for the nice photos and article.

And as comment to Swami Param:
Holi is not really Hindi it is much older than Hinduism and celebrated by everyone no matter if Hindu, Moslem, Christian and so on. It’s the day (as it should be every day) where all those designations don’t matter!
No bad Karma here; as there is no alcohol,drugs or meat. Just a lot of unity, peace and love between all of our brothers and sisters on this planet : ) Go and check it out.

Swami Param June 1, 2015 at 6:51 am

Do these people realize that Holi is a Hindu festival; or, like divorcing Yoga from Hinduism, are they doing the same thing to Holi? When will many wake up to the really bad Karma they are creating?

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