Festival of Colors at Vallabhdham Temple Saturday, March 31

Published on Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:04
Written by ERICA DRZWIECKI

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The weather may not say so, but the calendar says it’s spring, and that means it’s time for the ancient Hindu religious festival of Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, on Saturday, March 31, at Vallabhdham Temple in Newington.

The festival includes a large “Holika” bonfire and the playing with colors, a tradition recognized worldwide by Hindus and non-Hindus alike.

Participants celebrate by smearing one another with paint, and by throwing colored powder around. It’s all in the spirit of good humor, says Vallabhdham Temple founder Rajeev Desai.

“The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, the end of winter, and for many it’s a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships,” he said.

But it’s not all just symbolic. Some claim that throwing colors benefits the human body.

“Colors are said to have great impact on our body and our health,” Desai says. “Western physicians believe that for a healthy body, colors, too, have an important place besides the other vital elements. Deficiency of a particular body causes ailment, which can be cured only after supplementing the body with that particular color.”

Traditional foods cooked by local devotees will be served at the Vallabhdham celebration. Hundreds of visitors are expected to take part. Desai says he hopes non-Hindu members of the community will join them, so the event will be open to the public.

“I want them to learn about our culture and why we celebrate this festival,” he says. “A lot of people don’t know the significance. The objective of Holi is to unite people of all cultures and walks of life to tke part in this colorful event to promote unity.”

The Vallabhdham Temple is locatedd at 26 Church St., Newington.



Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:04. Updated: Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:06.