Who can tell me more about the Hindu festival of Holi?

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I was wondering if anyone out there can enlighten me on the significance of the Hindu festival of Holi?

From what I’ve read it seems to be celebrating (a) Krishna’s play with the cow-herding girls, (b) the slaying of the demoness Holika by Prahlad, a devotee of Vishnu, and (c) the arrival of spring. Is it a case that different sects see it in different ways or is it all mixed in together?

It strikes me that there may be some correspondance to the Easter tradition in the west, which is likewise a celebration of spring and the victory of good over evil. Just with brightly coloured eggs instead of brightly coloured powder. Is that plausible?

Deepavali in Australia

Apparently its Deepavali today. I have had my head buried in my computer, completing my counselling assignment on child sexual abuse, only coming up for air for some occasional blogging. But this evening our neighbours came and gave us some Indian sweets and other indescribable food that tasted nice and spicy and sweet. Food offer to idols? Not sure, probably, but I gave thanks to God for it and for them. I wonder how many experience “food offered to idols” as a live issue? Actually, I think most Christians do, but maybe not so explicitly.

Tony Jones Reports from Black Stump in Australia

I just spotted that Tony Jones uploaded a video onto Emergent Village from the Black Stump Festival that is currently underway down here in Sydney. It was curious in a way, overhearing the observations of others about us. Helpful too.

Tony notes that Australia is very similar to America in many ways, except when we say unchurched, we genuinely mean unchurched, not just dechurched. Yes, true, very true. Hopefully that observation will help more people understand why we place much more emphasis on mission and much less on welcoming post-evangelicals.

Tony also makes the observation that the word emerging is still widely embraced. Errr, not so sure about that, I would say wide embrace is still yet to arrive. I suspect Tony may be over-estimating the impact of the emerging conversation on Australian churches, at least beyond the Uniting Church. What would you other Aussies out there say about this? Are Australians conversant with the emergent church?

Oh, and in case any of you Stumpers are wondering, yes, I bowed out this year. Too much other stuff on. Oh, and guys, yes I heard about the rain last night. I’ll drink a nice warm coffee for you. Oh, and Naomi, if you’re reading this was that you hanging out in the background with the drums?