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Holi Events in San Francisco Bay Area


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SEF Holi - Festival of colors
Start Date : 3/31/2018
End Date :3/31/2018
Venue: Alameda County Fairgrounds
City :Pleasanton
Festival : Holi
Details: SEF Holi - Festival of colors
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Asha SF & CCA Holi 2018
Start Date : 3/31/2018
End Date :3/31/2018
Venue: California College of the Arts
Host :Asha for Education, Stanford
City :San Francisco
Festival : Holi
Details: Asha SF & CCA Holi 2018
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SPRING HOLI RUN - 2018
Start Date : 3/25/2018
End Date :3/25/2018
Venue: Baylands Park
Host :Asha for Education, Silicon Valley (Team Asha)
City :Sunnyvale
Festival : Holi
Details: SPRING HOLI RUN - 2018
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Induz Holi - Festival of Colors
Start Date : 3/24/2018
End Date :3/24/2018
Venue: Emerald Glen Park
Host :Induz
City :Dublin
Festival : Holi
Details: Induz Holi - Festival of Colors
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Holi 2018 - EBMM
Start Date : 3/11/2018
End Date :3/11/2018
Venue: Ted Fairfield Park
Host :East Bay Marathi MandaL Pleasanton
City :Dublin
Festival : Holi
Details: Holi 2018 - EBMM
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FOG Holi - Festival of Colors
Start Date : 3/10/2018
End Date :3/10/2018
Venue: NewPark Mall
Host :FOG (Festival of Globe)- SV
City :Newark
Festival : Holi
Details: FOG Holi - Festival of Colors
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'SPLASH 2018' HOLI: A Celebration of Colors!
Start Date : 3/4/2018
End Date :3/4/2018
Venue: Emerald Glen Park
Host ::Association for India's Development (AID)
City :Dublin
Festival : Holi
Details: 'SPLASH 2018' HOLI: A Celebration of Colors!
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BAYVP Dhuleti 2018 Celebrations
Start Date : 3/4/2018
End Date :3/4/2018
Venue: Shreemaya Krishnadham
Host :BAYVP
City :Milpitas
Festival : Holi
Details: BAYVP Dhuleti 2018 Celebrations
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Desi Night
Start Date : 3/3/2018
End Date :3/3/2018
Venue: Punjab Cafe Banquet Hall
City :San Jose
Festival : Holi
Details: Desi Night
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Bollywood Nights Holi Hai - Let's Play Holi
Start Date : 3/3/2018
End Date :3/3/2018
Venue: Studio 8 - Downtown San Jose
Host :Ecstacy Entertainment
City :San Jose
Festival : Holi
Details: Bollywood Nights Holi Hai - Let's Play Holi
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TATA YUVA HOLI FESTIVAL
Start Date : 3/3/2018
End Date :3/3/2018
Venue: Lake Elizabeth Park (Area A)
Host :Telangana American Telugu Association
City :Fremont
Festival : Holi
Details: TATA YUVA HOLI FESTIVAL
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Rang De Holi
Start Date : 3/3/2018
End Date :3/3/2018
Venue: Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
Host :Uttar Pradesh Mandal of America (UPMA)
City :San Jose
Festival : Holi
Details: Rang De Holi
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Holi

As the brief spring warms the landscape, northern India cuts loose for a day of hijinx and general hilarity.

The festival of Holi is celebrated on the day after the full moon in early March every year.

Originally a festival to celebrate good harvests and fertility of the land, Holi is now a symbolic commemmoration of a legend from Hindu Mythology. The story centres around an arrogant king who resents his son Prahlada worshipping Lord Vishnu. He attempts to kill his son but fails each time. Finally, the king's sister Holika who is said to be immune to burning, sits with the boy in a huge fire. However, the prince Prahlada emerges unscathed, while his aunt burns to death. Holi commemorates this event from mythology, and huge bonfires are burnt on the eve of Holi as its symbolic representation.

This exuberant festival is also associated with the immortal love of Krishna and Radha, and hence, Holi is spread over 16 days in Vrindavan as well as Mathura - the two cities with which Lord Krishna shared a deep affiliation. Apart from the usual fun with coloured powder and water, Holi is marked by vibrant processions which are accompanied by folk songs, dances and a general sense of abandoned vitality.

Today Holi is an excuse for Indians to shed inhibitions and caste differences for a day of spring fever and Big Fun. Teenagers spend the day flirting and misbehaving in the streets, adults extend the hand of peace, and everyone chases everyone else around, throwing brightly colored powder (gulal) and water over each other.

The festival's preamble begins on the night of the full moon. Bonfires are lit on street corners to cleanse the air of evil spirits and bad vibes, and to symbolize the destruction of the wicked Holika, for whom the festival was named. The following morning, the streets fill with people running, shouting, giggling and splashing. Marijuana-based bhang and thandai add to the uninhibited atmosphere.

Promptly at noon, the craziness comes to an end and everyone heads to either the river or the bathtub, then inside to relax the day away and partake of candies. In the afternoon an exhausted and contented silence falls over India. Although Holi is observed all over the north, it's celebrated with special joy and zest at Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandgaon, and Barsnar. These towns once housed the divine Krishna.

Each area celebrates Holi differently; the Bhil tribesmen of western Madhya Pradesh, who've retained many of their pre-Hindu customs, celebrate holi in a unique way. In rural Maharashtra State, where the festival is known as Rangapanchami it is celebrated with dancing and singing. In the towns of Rajasthan — especially Jaisalmer — the music's great, and clouds of pink, green, and turquoise powder fill the air. The grounds of Jaisalmer's Mandir Palace are turned into chaos, with dances, folk songs, and colored-powder confusion.

 

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