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Happy Holi!

It felt like a really appropriate time to participate in a traditional Hindu rite to welcome the Springtime. In celebration of Holi festival, Primary enjoyed music, dancing and throwing a kaleidoscope of colours into the air. 

What a joyous day we had to close the week. With the trees at Southlands coming into  gorgeous blossom, the lambs tottering past the school and birdsong filling the air.

It felt like a really appropriate time to participate in a traditional Hindu rite to welcome the Springtime. In celebration of Holi festival, Primary enjoyed music, dancing and throwing a kaleidoscope of colours into the air.

Holi, also known as the festival of colours, originally celebrated in North India (where it is a national holiday) but is now celebrated in many parts of the world.

Holi is also a Hindu celebration which celebrates Krishna, and the legend of Holika and Prahlad. Hindus believe that Krishna threw water over milkmaids as a child which developed into the games of Holi.

Celebrations start with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi, around which people sing and dance around, roast grains, popcorn and coconut. Last year’s rubbish is burnt to represent new beginnings and in some parts of India effigies of Holika are also added to the flames.

The next day people of all ages go out on the streets for a carnival of colours. Everyone plays, chases each other with dry powder and coloured water. Some people carry water guns and water balloons filled with coloured water, ready for a water fight. People sing, dance and have fun together, no matter who they are.

Part of belonging to an International school community is the opportunity to connect with those you might not ordinarily come across, and to tackle problems through a greater collective wisdom afforded by the many different perspectives in your group. That is why, at Southlands, it is so important to us that we take the time to learn about and celebrate the myriad of cultures and traditions that make up our community, in the hope that this shared understanding can help us better shape the world of tomorrow. 

Happy Holi!