Holi 2017 is happening, and we’re not too late to the party: there’s still plenty of colourful family-friendly celebrations happening around Singapore. Whether you fancy diving into some serious powder throwing fun, or just want to check out a beautiful temple on a tour of Little India, we’ve been finding out what the Holi festival is all about and where the colourful events for kids are at…
THE LEGEND OF HOLI
As with many of the best legends, the story of Holi begins with a demon king. This particular demon king, Hiranyakashyap, conquered the earth but alas had a few parenting issues to deal with: his son, Prahlad, refused to worship his father and became a devotee of Lord Naarayana. While they could have tried some family counselling, instead the king tried to kill his errant son, but was thankfully foiled each time. Hiranyakashyap resorted to playing the sibling rivalry card, and persuaded his daughter, Holika, to trick her brother into entering a blazing fire (knowing that Holika was handily immune to the flames). It turns out though that the immunity only applied if she entered a fire on her own: Holika paid the price of her sinister plot by perishing in the flames, while her brother escaped unscathed thanks to his devotion to Lord Naarayana.
The name Holi is derived from Holika, and the festival is a celebration of good triumphing over evil. Bonfires are traditionally lit to represent Holika’s downfall and her sticky end, while coloured powder is thrown to represent freedom and the colours of life.
Catch Jimmy Fallon getting a lesson in all things Holi thanks to Indian actress, Priyanka Chopra…
HOLI 2017 FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENTS IN SINGAPORE:
Rang De Holi 2017 at Kembangan
Now into its twelfth year of blazing colour and fun, the Rang De Holi at Kembangan is the longest running Holi event in Singapore, and with the Minister of Social and Family Development joining in with the fun, we think it’s safe to say it is definitely family-friendly! Expect a lineup of bhangra dance troupes, local school performances, lucky draws, singers, DJs and, of course, all the colours of the rainbow.
When: 18 March, from 4pm until late
Where: Open field beside Kembangan MRT Station (East-West Line)
Cost: $10 per person
Bollywood Holi 2017
We always love a day outdoors with the kids at East Coast Park, and the Bollywood Holi 2017 events give us even more reason to head on over. Now in its fifth year, this dazzling event not only includes all the stuff you need to make a colourful mess with, but also music, street food eats and prize draws. We say go for a ticket that includes a veritable buffet feast of Indian fare: at $20 a pop that’s a bargain right there!
When: 18 March, 11am-5pm
Where: Angsana Green, East Coast Park
Cost: $20 per person with food, $12 per person without food
Holi Colours of Spring
The Esplanade can always be relied on for some great family-friendly celebrations when it comes to festivals throughout the year, and its come up trumps for Holi 2017. It’s all about toe-tapping music, dance, art and craft for kids, storytelling sessions and lots of colour at the fun, free weekend of events lined up.
When: 18-19 March, various timings
Where: Esplanade Theatre
IITAAS Holi 2017
The Indian Institute of Technology Alumni Association (IITAAS) is throwing a party suitable for the whole family, and we’re all invited. We’re talking games, Bollywood dance performances, food and lots and lots of colour.
When: 25 March, 11.30am-5pm
Where: Myra’s@The Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397691
Cost: From $21.75 per person
Kiddos age 10 and under can join the fun over at the Rangeela 2017 celebrations for bouncy castles, music, dancing, food and tons of colour (we love that these guys have stated that colours used are non toxic and suitable for all skin types). Get your tickets quick for this one: it’s filling up fast!
When: 1 April, 10am-5pm
Where: SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link , Singapore 237978
Cost: From $12 per person (kids under ten are free)