Holi, the yearly festival celebrating the return of color to the world, will start on Sunday Feb 28, 2010 and continue for 2 days until Monday March 1st. Holi is celebrated on the Phalgun Purnima (or Pooranmashi, Full Moon) according to the Hindu Calendar. Holi is a festival of radiance (teja) in the universe. The celebrations officially usher in spring, the celebrated season of love. It’s also the only holiday where use of ganga is pretty much widespread in the form of “bhang”,which is ganga mixed with herbs and spices in a milky beverage form. The use of bhang is regulated by the government, and only authorized “dealers” can sell it. The drink is traditionally said to come from Shiva. *
For millennia, copious amounts of the cannabis beverage have been consumed at the Hindu Holi Celebration, also called the Festival of Colours, which is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in India, Nepal, Srilanka, and other countries with large Hindu diaspora populations. In these celebrations thousands of participants drink bhanga and playfully throw colored paint on each other in a celebration of fertility, life and joy.
Chris Bennett via Cannabis Culture
Holi – the festival of colors – is undoubtedly the most fun-filled and boisterous of Hindu festival. It’s an occasion that brings in unadulterated joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance, and, of course, lots of bright colors!