TOP British rock band Coldplay flew into India to include the ancient Hindu Holi spring festival of colours in its latest music video Hymn For The Weekend.
The Holi festival, best known in the West for participants throwing coloured powder and water over each other, has a spirit of fun and enjoyment which is so potent that non-Hindi people across Europe and North America now hold celebrations of their own, according to the Times of India.
The newspaper goes on to say that “Holi means a lot of fun, refreshments and colour in the UK, as Indians are said to be the second largest ethnic majority in the UK.
“Major cities like Birmingham, Leicester and Newcastle have folks stepping out with spray cans and tons of gulaal. There are Holi parades in the streets. Manchester will have several food stalls and dance sessions, while Reading, in Berkshire, will have singing and a Holika play.”
The ancient Hindu religious Holi spring festival originates in India and Nepal, and is also known as the festival of colours or the festival of sharing love. It starts on the Purnima (Full Moon day) falling somewhere between end of February and March in the Gregorian Calendar.
Although Holi celebrations start on the night before Holi with a Holika bonfire where people gather, sing, dance and party, it is the next morning that Rangwali Holi is celebrated with a free-for-all carnival of colours. Participants play, chase and colour each other with dry powder and coloured water, some armed with water guns and coloured water-filled balloons.