Sat, Mar 11, 2017
Timing of the Event
2 pm Food booths open
3:00 – 3:30 Holi kirtan
3:30 – 4:00 Devotional Holi speech by Swami Nikhilanand ji
4:00 – 4:30 Cultural Program
4:30 – 4:45 Parikrama from the main temple to Maharas Mandal
4:45 – 5:00 Arti with little Krishna at the Maharas Mandal Shrine
5:00 – 6:30 Holi play
6:30 – 7:30 Holi fire8:00 – 8:30 Indoor kirtan/chanting
8:30 – 9:00 Discourse by Sushree Braj Banchari Didi Ji
9:00 – Arti
9:30 Extended chant till Midnight
Holi is also called the Spring Festival as it marks the arrival of spring, the season of hope and joy. It is known as the festival of colors, and traditionally played in India every year to mark the beginning of the spring season.
Here in America, at Radha Madhav Dham, Holi is played in the same style as it is in Braj district of India – with the same colorful, playful, family-filled fun and devotion. Each spring the Austin Community looks forward to this joyous celebration of Holi, the festival of colors.
This year, Holi play will be accompanied by a live band singing Holi songs from Braj to liven up the environment with uplifting music. We will also have the traditional Holika fire burning to remind ourselves that evil always burns in the face of good – the deeper significance of Holi & Holika are included in the “Holi talk” by Swami Nikhilanand, which will be presented in English. A delicious Dinner Prasad cooked by the Austin community will be served – after the temple program ends and before the outdoor Holi play begins.
Do yourself a favor – come and play Holi this year at Radha Madha Dham. Bring your friends and family to join you . . . although on this day, even strangers seem like friends during the joyous and energetic celebration of Holi.