The Devi Mandir recently held its annual Holi Celebration with a full house in attendance. Among those celebrating were West Division Inspector Jamie Grant and Liza Whibbs of Records. Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan and local MPs and MPPs were also on hand.
The Spring Festival of Holi is described as a festival of colors. Celebrated in March or April according to the Hindu calendar, it is meant to welcome the spring and win the blessings of Gods for good harvests and fertility of the land.
It has traditionally been celebrated in high spirit without any distinction of cast, creed, color, race, status or sex. It is one occasion when sprinkling colored powder (gulal) or colored water on each other breaks all barriers of discrimination so that everyone looks the same. This represents a sense of unity between all people.
As with all the Hindu festivals, there are many interesting legends attached to Holi, the most popular being that of Prince Prahlad, who was a devout follower of Lord Vishnu. Holi is the second most important festival after Diwali and is always filled with fun, vibrant colours and exuberance. Performances at the Devi Mandir included a play depicting Prince Prahlad, singing and various dance routines.
At the end of the stage program, everyone participated in celebrating Holi in the traditional way, by throwing colored powder on each other.
Enjoying the Holi Celebration (JPG file, 739.3K bytes)
Members of the Chief's Diversity Committee enjoy the celebration (JPG file, 1,869.3K bytes)