Google is celebrating the great festival of Holi along with close to a billion Hindus of India. The festival is not just celebrated in India, but around the world wherever Indians live. So from Devon Street in Chicago, to New York, Las Angeles and almost everywhere in the US, Canada and Europe it is celebrated with great fervor. Even in Middle Eastern countries like United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and Jordon, the Indian Hindu communities celebrate the occasion in their own style on a grand scale.
This might have prompted Google to launch a beautiful doodle with a beautiful message. The tech giant said, “Today, the Google letters are taking on a fresh set of colors in honor of the Holi festival…Coinciding with the arrival of spring, the vibrant celebration looks a lot like the Doodle: people run around happily covering each other in a rainbow of powdery hues.”
It is a festival that is enjoyed by people of all age groups. They enjoy it fervently. People take part in Holi all around the world, but it is celebrated the most in parts of India and Nepal. The Holi festival is linked with the coloured powders that end up coating its participants after they’ve thrown them at each other. But this is just one part of Holi, which is split into two events: Holika Dahan and Rangwali Holi.
One important feature of the festival is Holika Dahan when holi is set on fire. It actually takes place the night before Rangwali Holi. People collect massive quantities of wood from faraway places and make a huge pile of wood dung-cakes. These are later burnt in a symbolic pyre to signify good defeating evil (in Hindu Vedi scriptures, the God Vishnu helps burn the devil Holika to death).
While festivities are everywhere even during the evening, the best part of it is next day morning. People of all ages and communities come together their favorite places to play Rangwali Holi. There is no denying that apart from enticing, it is also is a raucous affair where people chase each other around, throwing handfuls of coloured powders known as gula) at one another. While for some people it may seem a bit difficult, young people enjoy this part the most, particularly when they chase their friends to apply gulal on their faces and smear their clothes with color.