Two Most Colorful Festivals

by on September 10, 2009
in Asian Festivals

Two Most Colorful Festivals

Two of the most colorful festivals in the world are the Sinulog Festival celebrated in the Philippines and the Sankranthi Festival in South India.
The Sinulog Festival in the Philippines is celebrated the third Sunday of the month of January every year. It is one of the grandest festivals in the Philippines, wherein people can dance joyously and in colorful ways. This festival gives honor to the patron saint of Cebu, the Santo Niño. Festivities are  comprised of dance rituals and ceremonies that recall the time when the religion of Christianity was embraced by the Filipinos. Apart from the dance rituals and ceremonies, the festival also features colorful displays of street dancing. Participants in the festival wear costumes of bright colors as they dance to the music of drums, native gongs, and trumpets.

Two Most Colorful Festivals

The Sankranthi or Pongal is a famous and colorful festival in South India. It takes place in the middle of January every year. It is a 4-day celebration that is popular among farmers who harvest and enjoy their crops. The first day of celebration is known as the “Bhogi”; the second day is called the “Sankranthi”; and the third day is the “Kanuma”. A month before the festival, women decorate their front porches with attractive floral designs known as the “muggulu”. A display of various toys and dolls is also seen during the time of the festival. It is known as the “bommal koluvu”. Since Sankranthi is one of the most colorful festivals in all of India, people celebrate it with plenty of fun, galore, zest, and enthusiasm.

Two Most Colorful Festivals

Holi- the Indian Festival of Colors

Holi- the Indian Festival of ColorsHoli- the Indian Festival of Colors
Holi is celebrated in the Northern parts of India and heralds the arrival of spring. It is also known as the Ranga Panchami, indicating the extensive use of colors in the celebration.. When baby, Prince Prahlad, started to worship Narayana (Vishnu) as his personal God Prince Prahlad’s father, Hiranya Kashyap, sent him to  be cared for by the demoness, Holika. Hiranya asked her to train the infant to worship  him as God. When she reported that the child was adamant the King ordered her to jump into a huge fire carrying the child with her. Holika died in the fire, but the child Prince escaped miraculously. To commemorate the victory of Good over Evil, Holi is celebrated on Chaitra Pratipada day, i.e. “the first day of the month of Chaitra”, as per the Hindu Calendar. There are also legends depicting Lord Rama celebrating Holi with his subjects and Lord Krishna celebrating Holi with the residents of Vrindavan.
Personal interaction between persons normally separated by rules of conduct may occur during the the application of color powders and colored water. There is a mood of gay abandon and purges the mind of pent-up tensions, without the risk of stigma. The colored face provides a kind of anonymity, and everyone smears others with color or sprays them with colored liquids.
An interesting feature of Holi is that persons belonging to non-Hindu communities  also join in the celebrations. Environmentalists have recently campaigned to ensure that only natural colors are used for Holi. This festival has interesting parallels in the Carnivals of some Latin American States and in Europe.