Holi Festival of Colors

Holi marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring for India and Nepal. It’s a Hindu celebration that welcomes everyone who participates regardless of their background, religion or socioeconomic status. It’s a festival of joy, love and unity where participants wear white clothes and throw gulal (colored powder) or colored water at one another. Sometimes, people exchange colors by smearing gulal on each other’s faces or sharing sweet treats.

Holi is a day that all are welcome to celebrate. Join us as we celebrate Holi, and immerse ourselves in the vivid colors and festive spirit, spreading love, happiness and good cheer with our community!

Choti Holi is also celebrated the night before with a bonfire, Holika Fire, representing the legend of the evil demoness Holika being defeated by her nephew Prahlada. It symbolizes how love and goodness will triumph over the flames of evil. The morning of Holi is Rangwali Holi (colorful Holi) to represent and celebrate the Radha Krishna’s eternal and divine love.

In celebration of Holi, we are holding special events at some of our libraries. 

Bharatanatyam, Indian Classical Dance
To celebrate Holi, Pagrav Dance Studio will be bringing us the fun and joy of Bharatanatyam, the Indian classical dance. Come join us at San Mateo County Libraries to watch this enjoyable performance by artistic director Purvi Jejurkar. This event is a fun experience for all ages!

Holi: Festival of Colors
Welcome the beginning of spring with the Hindu Festival of Colors, Holi! Come throw gulal (powdered paint) and make a beautiful mess of colors with your friends. You may want to bring a towel or extra clothes!

Other celebrations in our libraries include a colorful craft activity.

Families and children may learn more about Holi by checking out these books:

Holi Hai!

Festival of Colors

Let's Celebrate Holi!

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