The Sopra Steria, SSCL and NHS SBS Employee Race, Religion and Belief (RRB) Network last sent out a message for Christmas 2019 which, from feedback, was well received. Against this backdrop, we thought we would highlight another religious event which, this time, is from the Hindu calendar.
The Hindu festival of colours, Holi, will be celebrated around the world between 9-11th March 2020. An ancient Hindu festival, which later became popular among non-Hindu communities as well, Holi heralds the arrival of spring after winter – something I am sure we are all looking forward to in the UK as it seems to have been dark, grey and wintery since September last year.
Holi signifies the victory of good over evil and is celebrated as a day for spreading happiness and love. The festival is also celebrated as thanksgiving for a good harvest.
Holi is considered as one of the most revered and celebrated festivals of India and it is celebrated in almost every part of the country. The great Indian festival lasts for a day and a night, which starts in the evening of Purnima or the Full Moon Day in the month of Falgun. It is celebrated with the name Holika Dahan or Choti Holi on the first evening of the festival and the following day is called Holi.
The vibrancy of colours is something that brings in a lot of positivity and the ritual starts by lighting up the bonfire one day before the day of Holi and this process symbolises the triumph of good over the bad. On the day of Holi people play with colours with their friends and families and in the evening they show love and respect to their close ones.
It is also sometimes called as the “festival of love” as on this day people get to unite together forgetting all resentments and all types of bad feeling towards each other. At this particular time, the Network prays that this is observed fully so that there can be peace and tranquillity between all the people throughout the World.
Let the colours of Holi spread happiness, peace and love all around. Wishing you a happy Holi!’