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Cambridge University Hindu Cultural Society: CUHCS
CB3 9ET Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
The countdown begins for Holi in Cambridge! This is the official Cambridge Holi event!- All are welcome to come along and throw coloured paint to celebrate one of the most famous Hindu festivals, the festival of Colour!
Come rain or shine we will be celebrating Holi in Queen's backs on the 16th of March! Come join us for most colourful event in the Cambridge Calendar!
WE WILL BE SELLING POWDER PAINT, LIQUID PAINT AND WHITE T-SHIRTS! After the huge success and great turnout last year we can't wait!
HOLI PAINT PRICES:
Each cup of powder paint ONLY A POUND and you can get 3 FOR £2.50!!!
Don't worry about bringing your own white shirts — we will be selling white t-shirts for £4 only!
Please only bring CASH and as much as possible, bring change so the queues can move as fast as possible!
Holi is what most of us know as a colour festival – bright and vibrant! A time of fun, laughter and the celebration of the arrival of Spring!
However, the true significance of Holi lies in the story behind it:
Legend has it that the demon King Hiranyakashyap considered himself to be an all-powerful equivalent of God. His son Prahlad, however, was a beloved devotee of the Hindu God Vishnu. Unable to see his son worshipping Vishnu instead of him, he decided to try to kill him off.
Time and again his attempts to kill his son failed. Prahlad survived being thrown over a cliff, being trampled by elephants, bitten by snakes, and attacked by soldiers.
The King then realised that his beloved sister, Holika, had been endowed with a boon that made her immune to fire so he asked her to take Prahlad into her lap and sit on a burning pyre.
However, it was never wise to take God’s blessings for granted and because Holika was using her gift to do something evil, her power vanished and she was burned to ashes. On the other hand, Prahalad had stayed true to and prayed to his God, Vishnu. Thus, Vishnu protected him and he survived!
Shortly afterwards, Vishnu killed the evil King Hiranyakashyap and Prahlad ruled as a wise king in his father's place.
Thus, the festival of Holi gives us the chance to celebrate and thank God for the triumph of good over evil. Come join us in celebrating this!
Disclaimer: Cambridge University Hindu Cultural Society takes no responsibility for any damage caused to health or belongings of this event's participants.