Holi Dance by Jainnoo and Nikita.MTS

Dance performed by Jainnoo Shrestha and Nikita Upadhaya at Holi Festival 2012 organized by La Maison Culturelle du Népal in Paris on Sunday 11 March 2012.The objectives of the Maison Culturelle du Népal are as follows: • To disseminate the Knowledge of the Nepal, its culture and its age-old traditions in France. • To promote Franco-Nepalese friendship; • To organize traditional, cultural festivals; • To offer cultural, craft and artistic exhibitions; • To promote Nepali cultural dance and music in France; • To organize conferences and seminars on the theme of the Nepal; • To provide necessary support to learn Nepali language to all (adults and children); The Maison Culturelle du Népal has been organizing such festival in France since 2002 to collect the fund for its own building.Holi, also called the Festival of Colours, is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in Nepal. It is known as Dolyatra (Doul Jatra) or Basanta-Utsav ("spring festival"). The most celebrated Holi is that of the Braj region, in locations connected to the god Krishna.The main day, Holi, also known as Dhulheti, Dhulandi or Dhulendi, is celebrated by people throwing colored powder and colored water at each other. Bonfires are lit the day before, also known as Holika Dahan (burning of Holika) or Chhoti Holi (little Holi). The bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlad accomplished when Demoness Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but Prahlad, a staunch devotee of god Vishnu, escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable devotion.Holi is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna (February/March), (Phalgun Purnima), which usually falls in the later part of February or March.Radha and the Gopis celebrating Holi, with accompaniment of music instrumentsIn Vrindavan and Mathura, where Lord Krishna grew up, the festival is celebrated for 16 days (until Rangpanchmi in commemoration of the divine love of Radha for Krishna). Lord Krishna is believed to have popularized the festival by playing pranks on the gopis here. Krishna is believed to have complained to his mother about the contrast between his dark skin complexion and Radha's (Shakti or energy that drives the world) fair skin complexion. Krishna's mother decided to apply colour to Radha's face.There is alternate story detailing the origin of Holi. This story is about Kamadeva, a god of love. Kama's body was destroyed when he shot his weapon at Shiva in order to disrupt his meditation and help Parvati to marry Shiva. Shiva then opened his third eye, the gaze of which was so powerful that Kama's body was reduced to ashes. For the sake of Kama's wife Rati (passion), Shiva restored him, but only as a mental image, representing the true emotional and spiritual state of love rather than physical lust. The Holi bonfire is believed to be celebrated in commemoration of this event.