Festival of Holi

Let's play Holi!

Fun holi activities for the children visit our resource centre

Share your holi designs and we'll post them to our social media.

When it all began...

OM Group was born during Holi 2000, and every year marks the celebratory anniversary of this charity. The first event was co-ordinated by Reshma Karia to support the Asian Blind Association through a sponsored aerobics workout held at Shree Sanatan Seva Samaj and holi colour playing at Lewsey Park. All ages took part in fundraising and a big well done to the community of Luton for supporting a great cause.

Meaning of HOLI festival?

The meaning of Holi is festival of colours and festival of love.

Holi, popularly known as the festival of colours, is a Hindu festival that marks the arrival of spring. It falls on the full moon night (Purnima) of the Hindu month of Phalgun. It's celebrated on two consecutive days –ChhotiHoli, which is also known as HolikaDahan, followed by RangwaliHoli. On the first day of Holi, people burn a pyre to celebrate the story of Holika - a demoness in Hindu Vedic scriptures, who was burnt to death with the help of god Vishnu and the next morning celebrate it with colours, called Dhulandi. Read more for the store behind how holi got it' name.

Why do Hindus celebrate it?

Hindus determining the correct timing of Holika Dahna because it is a ritual of bonfire to burn evil spirits. Hindus celebrate holi in the morning with friends and family throwing different colour paint powder on each other.

How is it celebrated in UK and India?

In UK Hindus celebrate Holika Dhan by going to the Mandir to do darashan and when the bonfire fire is lit people go around at the same time they offer coconut and popcorn and put in the fire and then people take out the coconut of the fire and then distribute the coconut to the devotees as a prashad. The next day people buy all sorts powder paints colours to celebrate with their friends and families.

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