Holi – the festival of colors, which India celebrates annually in March and April, commemorating the arrival of spring will be celebrated with natural colors on the beautiful island of Fuerteventura.
La concejalía de Turismo and the Club Indostánico de Fuerteventura have collaborated to bring us this Festival. It will be celebrated on April 2, in the Plaza Patricio Calero in Corralejo, in a party full of music, natural colors, food, and drink stalls.
And to bring Indian culture closer to all those who want to enjoy a day full of joy, celebrate spring, forget the past, and start anew
What is the story of Holi?
Holi also celebrates the Hindu god Krishna and the legend of Holika and Prahlad.
It’s said that the Holi Festival was originally a ceremony for married women to spread prosperity and goodwill on their new family. Since then, the festival has evolved to encompass much more. Now, one of the main focuses of the Holi Festival is a celebration of the victory of good over evil.
Good overcoming evil in Hinduism is rooted in the story of Hiranyakashipu. He was an ancient king who claimed to be immortal and demanded to be worshipped as a god. His son Prahlad was deeply devoted to worshipping the Hindu deity Vishnu, and Hiranyakashipu was angry that his son worshipped this god over him. According to the story, the Lord Vishnu appeared as half-lion and half-man, and killed Hiranyakashipu. In that way, good conquered evil.
Another story tied to the Holi Festival is that of Radha and Krishna. As the eighth incarnation of the Hindu god Vishna, Krishna is seen by many as the supreme god. Krishna is said to have blue skin because as legend has it, he drank poisonous milk from a demon when he was a baby. Krishna fell in love with the goddess Radha, but feared she would not love him because of his blue skin – but Radha allowed Krishna to dye her skin with color, making them a true couple. On Holi, Festival participants apply color to each other’s skin in honor of Krishna and Radha.
Celebrate the end of winter and welcome the spring season the Indian way in Corralejo on the 2nd of April.