Ontario’s Hindu Cultural Association will host its annual Grand Holi Samaalan on Saturday, February 24, 2017 at the Mississaugua Hindu Heritage Centre, 6300 Mississauga Road. The afternoon’s festivities, which will include entertainment performances by representatives of several Greater Toronto mandirs and cultural groups will commence at 1:00 pm sharp.
Samaalan is a Hindu word meaning Festival. The Holi Festival, often referred to as Phagwah is celebrated by Hindu’s globally to mark the arrival of spring. Also known as the Festival of Colour, it usually takes place over two days and is a celebration of fertility, colour and love, as well as the triumph of good over evil.
The newly formed Ontario Hindu Cultural Association’s mission is to restore the way of life, thinking and worship of Hindu culture. In the belief that the restoration of any culture requires an associated search for its behavior and language, the Association intends to propagate Hinduism its culture and religious philosophy within the community, largely through education. Its members are also bent on providing essential services to the community, as a means of addressing its spiritual, social, and cultural needs and by way of promoting harmony and respect for all cultures within our society.
Over the years, Hindus from all walks of life, especially youths, have been drawn to the simple, yet most practical methods of practicing Hinduism, by the quality of knowledge expounded, and by the various services offered. These will be the guiding principles of the Ontario Hindu Cultural Association as it pursues its mission.