Catholic Priest: Participating In Holi Festival Means Worshipping Pagan Gods


A Catholic priest f. Viktar Misevich commented on the participation of Christians in a popular among youth street festival, Holi festival, where people are throwing colored powder at each other.

“Holi festival is very popular in India and celebrates the burning alive of Holika – a demoness from Hindu mythology, – says f. Misevich. – The first commandment of the Decalogue states “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”. Of course, such jolly event as throwing powder at each other attracts the youth, especially when it is connected with loud music, a good company and good selfies. But being a priest, I would like to recommend young people not to participate in Holi festival. It is not a simple game like a snowball fight. Throwing of Holi powder symbolizes the smearing with the ashes from the fire in which demoness Holika was burnt. It menas participation in a pagan cult. A faithful person should strive to live by Sacrament, prayer and God’s Word”, – reports

Holi is a Hindu festival which marks the destruction of Holika, the daughter of Hiranyakashyap, the demon king who made his subjects worship only him. But his son Prahalad continued worshipping Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap was in rage. Then Holika seized Prahalad and sat in the middle of a fire with the boy on her lap. Holika had been given a magic power by the gods that made her immune to fire, so she thought that Prahalad would burn to death while she remained cool. But the magic robe that protected her had been blown by the wind and fell on Prahalad while Holika burnt alive. Later, while celebrating “the burning of Holika”, people began coloring the ashes and later replaced it with a color powder.

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