Holi Finds Mention In US Congress

March 19, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Indian Express



Holi, the festival of colours, has found mention in the US Congress with an American lawmaker from New York terming it as a "visually stunning" event. 

Holi is a time when communities come together after a long winter to welcome the spring harvest, Congressman Steve Israel said in the House of Representatives.

"It is a visually stunning event with thousands of people tossing coloured powders in the air and using dyed water in an atmosphere where culture, camaraderie and oneness are celebrated. 

"In the evening, community bonfires are lit to signify triumph over divisiveness and negativity," Israel said.

It is one of the largest festivals in the world, with over one billion Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists participating throughout India, Nepal, the US and many other nations, he said.