Pukaar News – Leicester

SPREAD COLOUR AND JOY AT LEICESTER HOLI FESTIVAL

The celebration of Holi is an event not to be missed in Leicester. Following the success of its first year back in 2018, this year’s festival will take place at Abbey Park on Saturday 23rd March. From 11am until 4pm families can enjoy a great day out with a vibrant fusion of history, culture and entertainment.

Featuring an array of activities such as yoga & face-painting, live entertainment, delicious food, and not forgetting the principal attraction of playful colour throwing, will make this an exciting and colourful affair.

Image Credit: Leicester Holi

Known as the Festival of Colours or Festival of Love, Holi is celebrated at the time of the full moon in the month of Phalguna (end of February/March) and marks the beginning of spring.

The origins of the celebrations come from the story of Holika, the evil sister of demon Hiranyakashipu who attempted to make everyone worship him, but his son Prahlada refused and swore his devotion to Vishnu.

According to the legend, Holika then tried to trick Prahlada into sitting on a pyre with her, because she had a fireproof cloak, but when the fire burned the cloak flew onto Prahlada, protecting him while Holika was killed. As such, the tale symbolises the classic victory of good over evil.

Other locations in the city will also be celebrating Holi Festival:

Cossington Recreation Ground & Spinney Hill Park: Wednesday 20th March

For further information please visit: www.leicesterholi.co.uk

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