“Let the colors of Holi spread the message of peace and happiness.”   

Holi is one of the most popular festivals in India. It is a colorful and fun celebration of spring. People throw colored powder at each other, which perfectly reflects the colors and beauty of spring.  Recently, it has become more popular worldwide, as many people want to participate in the fun of throwing colors at friends and family. In this Voice thread, I will be talking about the rituals and religious mythology surrounding the festival, as well as some its of the social and environmental effect.

This video is geared toward 6th grade students.

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Video Length: 7:20.

Note: At the end of the video all of the pictures are re-displayed. 

 

Objectives

The objectives of this Voicethread are to teach students about how Holi is celebrated and learn about its connection to Hindu religion. It is also to help students understand some of the complexity behind Holi. It is not merely a festival of fun.  Students will have to consider its impact on complex issues such as social structure and the environment.

 

Featured Image from Author’s own

Sources for Pictures from Voicethread (click link to open document)

 

Further India Resources:

Culture Kit:

India Culture Kit

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Holi: The Festival of Colors

Fasting For the Future

Indian Religions

Indian Culture as Examined Through Bollywood Film

Articles:

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Differences in Communication Styles: My American and Indian Families

India: Why are communication styles important?

Culture + Education = Limitless

Picture Files:

Family in India

Indian Bazaars: A Snapshot of Local Culture

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