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Monday 25 March is Holi


Holi, the exuberant festival of colours, has a rich cultural history dating back centuries. Rooted in Hindu mythology and celebrated predominantly in India, Holi has come to be a global celebration of unity, love and the triumph of good over evil.   

Understanding the History 

The origins of Holi can be traced back to Hindu mythology, specifically the legend of Prahlada and Holika, where the festival symbolises the victory of devotion and righteousness over malevolence and deceit. Over time, Holi evolved into a celebration of the arrival of spring, with vibrant colours signifying the blossoming of new beginnings and the renewal of life. Today, Holi serves as a universal symbol of joy and camaraderie, transcending cultural and religious boundaries. 

Celebrating Holi in London 

Holi is deeply engrained in Indian culture, and a popular festival in London given the city’s sizeable Indian community of over 600,000 people. In our city of so many different cultures, the festival is celebrated with enthusiasm, bringing people from diverse backgrounds together. From vibrant street parties to other events, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate Holi in the heart of the city. You can also reach out to KCL Hindu Society to find out about events within the King’s Community. 

Holi provides a unique opportunity for cultural exchange and understanding. If you are learning about the festival for the first time, now is an opportunity to learn about the significance of Holi in Hindu tradition and gain a deeper appreciation for its rituals and symbolism. By embracing different cultures, we foster a sense of unity and respect within our diverse community. 


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