Hindus Take Part in Holi with Paints, Bonfire

March 5, 2007

Author: Corrinne Hess

Source: Daily Herald


The floor, walls and people inside a Grayslake storage facility were painted pink Sunday.

And red and purple and blue.

The group was celebrating Holi, a popular Hindu festival that takes place over two days in late February or early March to celebrate spring.

In northern India, the first day of Holi is celebrated with a bonfire to signify the burning of Holika. On the second day, known as Dhulandi, people throw colored powder and water at one another.

"When I was a little girl in Bombay, we all looked forward to this all year," said Vasu Choksi, a program coordinator with the Indian Cultural Association. "I remember we would go out on the veranda and shoot people with water guns."