This 2nd April, Sunday Corralejo saw for the first time a diversity of colours in this festival called holi. Organized by the ayuntamiento of la Oliva in association with the Indian community, the island celebrated for the first time in Fuerteventura this vibrant fest at the Plaza Patricio Calero. There were 3000 people, including travellers residents, and people from children to all ages, who danced to the beautiful colours and the music and sound of the Indian instrument dhol.
Holi is not just a festival it’s a celebration of life, love, and laughter. It’s the time when we leave our differences behind and embrace each other with open hearts. It’s a time when we forget our worries and let the colors of joy spread all around us. Holi has been celebrated in the Indian subcontinent for centuries and is still strong.
Corralejo celebrated its first Holi and it was a day to remember. As we go through Holi’s beautiful, colorful festivals in Corralejo, let’s also understand the actual meaning behind this auspicious Indian festival.
This festival marks the arrival of spring after a long and cold winter. It’s a time of rejuvenation and renewal, and the colors of Holi are a reflection of that. They represent the myriad hues of life and the hope that comes with the new season. But Holi is not just about colors; it’s also about the triumph of good over evil.
According to ancient Indian literature, Holi has its roots in the legend of King Hiranyakashyap, who was a tyrant and wanted everyone to worship him as a god. However, his son Prahlada was a devout follower of Lord Vishnu and refused to bow down to his father’s demands. The enraged king plotted with his sister, Holika, to kill Prahlada. Holika was immune to fire, and she tricked Prahlada into sitting on her lap on a pyre. However, Lord Vishnu intervened, and Prahlada emerged unscathed while Holika was consumed by the flames.
The story of Holika’s demise has given rise to the tradition of burning bonfires on the eve of Holi. It’s called Holika Dahan, and it symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. The next day, people celebrate the festival by playing with colors, singing, dancing, and feasting.
The colors of Holi have a special significance. They represent the diversity of life and the various emotions that we experience. Red signifies love and passion, blue represents the vastness of the sky and the ocean, yellow stands for happiness and prosperity, green symbolizes new beginnings, and pink represents joy and playfulness. The colors of Holi are a reminder that life is a kaleidoscope of emotions, and we should embrace them all..
Holi is also a time when we let go of our inhibitions and embrace our inner child. We play pranks, drench each other in colored water, and smear each other’s faces with colors. It’s a time when we let loose and have fun. Holi is a celebration of life, and we should live it to the fullest.
Holi is not just about the colors; it’s also about the food. People indulge in traditional delicacies like gujiyas, dahi bhallas, and thandai. The food is a reflection of the festive spirit and the joy that comes with it. Holi is a time when we savor the flavors of life and enjoy them with our loved ones.
In conclusion, Holi is a festival that brings people together and celebrates the beauty of life. It’s a time when we forget our differences and embrace our similarities. It’s a time when we let go of our worries and have fun. Holi is a reminder that life is a celebration, and we should make the most of every moment. So, this Holi, let’s spread love, joy, and laughter and make it a festival to remember. Happy Holi!
Thank you Lukas Baranauskas for the breathtaking photos.
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