Holi@imperial college

Great scenes from Hindu Soc’s  celebration of Holi. All this madness and mayhem took place in Imperial’s  Secret Garden, just behind the Chaplaincy Multi-Faith Centre.

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Talking to students I heard many stories and meanings associated with Holi. It is certainly the festival of spring and a celebration of colour.

In honour of my present, and ex-, Hindu colleagues who are devotees of Krishna,  here is the Wikipedia account of Holi that tells of the love between Krishna and Radha.

‘In In Braj region of India, where Krishna grew up, the festival is celebrated for 16 days in commemoration of the divine love of Radha for Krishna, a Hindu deity. The festivities officially usher in spring, with Holi celebrated as festival of love. There is a symbolic myth behind commemorating Krishna as well. Baby Krishna transitioned into his characteristic dark blue skin colour because a she demon Putana poisoned him with her breast milk. In his youth, Krishna despairs whether fair skinned Radha and other Gopikas (girls) will like him because of his skin colour. His mother, tired of the desperation, asks him to approach Radha and colour her face in any colour he wanted. This he does, and Radha and Krishna became a couple. The playful colouring of the face of Radha has henceforth been commemorated as Holi.’