Holi: the Festival of Color

March 02, 2017


Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, is a Hindu festival that marks the arrival of spring. Together, over two days, individuals come together to celebrate the end of winter, color, fertility,  love as well as the triumph of good vs. evil. It also encourages a time to forgive and forget. 






This year Holi takes place on March 13, 2017. Although it was originally celebrated in India and Nepal, it has become increasingly popular and is recognized by people from all over the world.

Holi celebrations begin the night before with the lighting of the Holika bonfire. Burning Holika, what Hindus believe to be the sister of the demon. This religious ceremony includes chanting Mantas to ward off evil spirits.  The next day, the festival kicks into high gear and people celebrate by showering each other with bright colored powder and water. Color is smeared onto family and friends while people sing and dance to the beat of a dholak drum (a folk hand drum of Northern India). 







Everyone celebrating also enjoy Indian delicacies such as gujiya, a sweet dumpling made with semolina flour stuffed with a mixture of grated and roasted dry fruits, coconuts, nuts and dried evaporated milk solids. 






We bet you didn’t know Holi inspired the creation of Color Me Rad, a five KM run where participants douse each other with colored powder!

On March 11th, 2017 Marlborough Mall will be celebrating Holi from 1-3PM. The celebration begins at 1 p.m. with an entertaining performance by Bollywood dancers from Soul Feet Dance Productions against a beautiful backdrop provided by SugarCoat Wedding and Event Décor. From there, guests will have the opportunity to partake in henna art designs. Marlborough Mall is also hosting a crafting station for children, so guests attending Holi are encouraged to bring their families. Marlborough Mall encourages Calgarians from all over the city to attend this unique and exciting cultural event to not only gain an understanding of the festival’s meaning and rituals, but also to bridge together community in celebrating our city’s incredible diversity.

Gather your friends and family and make it a memorable and fun-filled weekend celebrating Holi at

Marlborough Mall on Saturday, March 11 from 1-3 p.m. For more information, visit www.marlboroughmall.com/events

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