Holi: Dark Sexual Roots of This Hindu Festival

One of the many curses which afflict the people of Shirk is that while “festivals” and “celebrations” are occasions of divine remembrance and spiritual self-development for Muslims, for the people of Shirk such events become excuses for immorality and licentiousness, and this is because they’re incapable of worshiping Allah.

Such is the case of Holi, a public holiday in India and one of the favorite festivals of the Hindus. It is basically a celebration for the advent of the spring season (its equivalent in the Iranic world would be Nowruz).

Along with Diwali, Holi is the other festival that Westerners associate with Hindus, and this contributes towards their positive but flawed perception of Hindus.

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This year it was celebrated on Friday 18th of March.

Of course the mushrikin, and the biased liberal media following suit, will say that there is nothing wrong with Holi. After all, it “symbolizes” the triumph of “light over darkness” as they perform rituals in front of the bonfire (another similarity with Nowruz), and it is also a festival of colors as they throw colored powders (called gulal) at each other.

Which sane individual would hate light and colors, right…?

But as we shall see—and just like pretty much anything related to the mushrikin—this festival has its roots in Shirk and is also very strongly linked with sexual depravity.

It is crucial to highlight all of this as the Muslims in India will tell you how both the “liberal” Hindus and the Hindu nationalists regularly use Holi in an attempt to dilute Muslim identity by promoting dozens of ads featuring “burqa-clad” Muslim women “playing” Holi with male Hindu strangers.

In fact, Holi is seen by the Hindus as one of the best ways to “assimilate” India’s Muslims.

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The Polytheistic and Sexual Roots of Holi

Rita Banerji is an Indian academic who authored a book titled Sex and Power: Defining History, Shaping Societies in order to present the “real” picture of sexuality in India. She says that the views of Hindus on sex have been corrupted by colonialism and so on.

She thus writes:

Aphrodisiacs and wines continued to be among the popular products imported into India, some from countries as distant as Greece. And through the seasonal festival of Holi, the indigenous communities, from among whom Buddhism recruited many of its followers, would ceremonially mourn the fiery destruction of the love god Kama by an irate Shiva. Keeping alive Kama’s image through ritualistic song and dance, the tribal myths spoke of the god of love as being ‘immortal and indestructible’. The songs and dances of the Holi festival had an explicitly sexual undertone to them and involved plenty of touching between men and women, sexual bantering and graphic mimicry of sex acts.

She also writes later on:

Kama, the love god, who had been burnt to ashes by an infuriated Shiva in the legends of the Buddhist age, but whose memory was kept alive in the celebratory tribal songs of the Holi festival, regained his body in this period and was united with his consort, Rati (sexual pleasure). His return to life too would be celebrated during Holi, which coincides with the spring season, symbolic of rejuvenation and fertility. The celebrations were called mojin kama (playing with desire), and entailed songs with erotic lyrics and dances with unabashedly sexual gestures, as Kama would be burnt in a bonfire to re-enact how Shiva in his anger had destroyed the unfortunate love god. The following day Kama would be symbolically resurrected as people jubilantly doused each other with perfumed water and colourful powders in honour of his return. Krishna, who was regarded as an incarnation of Kama, was another god evoked in the Holi celebrations. His erotic relationship with his consort Radha was re-enacted in open-air public theatres, where the women who played Radha and her friends would sing to the men: ‘I play Hori with you, O dark one’.45 (Hori or holi is described as ‘a type of indecent song’ that is sung for the Holi festival.)

So basically, Holi is based on Hindu “deities”—specifically the couple Kama-Rati and Krishna-Radha.

From a religious perspective it would be outrageous for a Muslim to partake in such a “festival,” and it becomes even more outrageous with all of this explicit sexual tension.

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Now you’ll know what it really means whenever you see a man and woman “playing” Holi by dancing and sprinkling one another with colored powder.

On the issue of sexuality, we read in The Encyclopædia of Sexual Behaviour, vol. 1, p. 129:

Sacred festivals, especially those connected with agriculture, were the occasions for the performance of sexual rites. Briffault describes the Holi festival, in honor of the Goddess Vesanti, as “the Saturnalia of India.” During this festival many taboos, such as those on incest, were temporarily suspended, and a great deal of license was permitted for both girls and boys. Phallic emblems were carried, and tableaux vivants representing the loves of God were enacted on chariots and stages.

There are also other academic publications which link Holi with bestiality and zoophilia, but I think the readers have a good idea regarding the “essence” of the festival now… and as you can see, it isn’t just about light and colors!

It’s actually no wonder then that Holi has been dubbed “the festival of assault,” as the highly sexualized symbolic nature of the festival leads to the sexual harassment of women.

Holi Utilized as a Weapon Against Muslims

Muslims will obviously be offended by the polytheistic roots and sexual imagery of this so-called festival, so it’s no surprise that Holi has resulted in some Hindu-Muslim riots.

Som Anand wrote in Lahore, Portrait of a Lost City, p. 150:

This festival of colour is celebrated by the Hindus (and Sikhs) with great abandon, but the Muslims consider it a great offence if coloured water is squirted at them so Holi often occasioned Hindu-Muslim riots.

In her book on the 2002 Gujarat pogrom called Scarred, journalist Dionne Bunsha says that the very first Hindu-Muslim riot in the state of Gujarat, which occurred in 1714, actually started because of Holi when Hindus threw colored powders at a Muslim.

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Another more recent case is that of the 2020 Delhi riots, when a Hindu mob targeted Muslims just before Holi.

This of course is related to the physical violence, but the symbolic violence is just as perverse. We mentioned earlier how it is very common for both “liberal” and nationalist Hindus to use Holi to try and corrupt Muslims—especially Muslim women.

Hindu men, who are too often sexually frustrated, see Holi as the perfect opportunity to approach and harass Muslim women. And as we have shown, Holi allows them to do just that because of the lax sexual and gender dynamics that the “festival” allows and facilitates.

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Every sane Muslim in India knows well how Holi is weaponized against Muslims as a weapon of cultural and religious assimilation into the Hindu-majority, and this makes Holi a particularly repulsive “festival” for Muslims.

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Mohammad Talha Ansari

As salaam alaikum
Just to clarify, every time I give the thoughtful reaction on Telegram, mean “wow, this got me thinking!”
I have seen the quality of tge work of you and team and have faith in your research.

Ahmad

Hindus are garbage in the shape of humans. They have no integrity and self worth and they know it. They try to compensate for all of that by trying to display machismo and bravado to each other as well as Muslims and other minorities.

They are such losers that 10,000 British troops ruled over 100 million of them. Even their “courage” to fight for independence was roused by Muslim imams declaring jihad against British colonialists.

Ahmad

India OWES its independence to MUSLIMS.

The Hindu losers didn’t know how to fight against the English and learnt it from Muslims, some of whom later on became secularized Hindu-admirers, for example, Maulana Azad.

But don’t expect these thankless human garbage to ever acknowledge that.

Abdullah

Unfortunately there was never a truly concerted effort to firmly establish Islam during the centuries of Muslim rule in India. From the Ghauris to the Mamluks, the Dehli Sultanate all the way till the Mughals, much of these empires opted for “coexistence.” And By the time Sultan Aurangzeb tried to firmly establish Islam, the empire was already on its knees.
Partition was necessary and the Muslims who chose to remain made a HUGE mistake whose price their great grandchildren are paying today.

Mehreen

Well just to mention along with the Muslims who chose not to move to Pakistan during partition, there were many unaware about it and so remained in India.

Abdullah

They only care about the fact that the subcontinent was “historically” Hindu until the so called “blood thirsty Muslims” came and conquered.Our mistake to assume that they would be grateful when we conquered them (ofcourse rightfully so, something I’m extremely grateful for as a Desi Muslim with Hindu ancestors). They want revenge for being conquered and they’re venting it out on today’s Indian Muslims and the Kashmiris.
Once again, all the Muslims who refused partition made a HUGE mistake.

Zaid Diaz

I myself hated the Partition of India when I was a kid, but as I grew older and interacted with some close people, I now understand that Partition was a necessity; due to this, Muslims in Pakistan and Bangladesh are free while our brethren in India aren’t. (The birth of Bangladesh is a messy affair, it is a separate topic.) Even though Jinnah, a Shia, was at the helm of the Muslim movements in India, he was actually able to understand what would happen to Muslims in an undivided India.

Abdullah

As a Bengali myself I can tell you that 1971 was a sad and disgraceful year for the Ummah, as it involved Muslims slaughtering Muslims. But Alhumdulillah today, if you visit Bangladesh, it is very apparent that it is a MUSLIM country. And although the government is very pro India unfortunately, the general population has been very anti India especially since the coming of Modi. Partition ultimately was a success perhaps even more for the Bangladeshi Muslims.

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Zaid Diaz

A similar historical friction has occurred in the Balkans. While the Muslims of Bosnia (Bosniaks) are generally grateful to the Ottoman Empire for bringing Islam to them, the Catholic Croats and the Orthodox Serbs strongly hate this period to this day. Things in Albania are different; many Muslim Albanians give lesser importance to Islam nowadays (not all). Greece kicked out its Muslims, Bulgaria somehow kept its Muslims, Slovenia and Romania are out of discussion.

Zaid Diaz

The independence of Bengal was given away to the British in 1757 mainly by the Hindus! Of course there was Mir Jaffar (a Shia, Nawab Siraj was also a Shia) but most of the perpetrators who collaborated with Clive were Hindus. A lot of blame can also be put on us Muslim Bengalis; when such a thing happened, there was no revolt, but I personally think the apathy towards politics was mainstream among people back in those days.

Fardeen Mahmud

Salam brother. As a Muslim and a South Asian, I regret to say that this terribly low mentality can even be found among a few South Asian Muslims. It might be the toxic culture they grew up in, which is totally un-Islamic in origin, and the fact that they and their parents don’t fear Allah at all and are ignorant of the Deen. I have seen this both in immigrants and those from our home countries. Indeed, the believers are few in number.

Zaid Diaz

Alas, students of my university engage in ‘Color Fests’, a simplified version of Holi which mainly focuses on students throwing colors at one another, but of course there is free mixing of men and women, given that my university is co-ed. Back in my school days, my friends and I (all boys) did some color-throwing, I didn’t like it too much back then but I was involved in it. Since then I’ve been avoiding such fests. In some other universities of my country, such fests are observed joyously.

Ulugbek Bahrom

Can you guys post about like ‘bad sides of Nowtuz’? Because in post Persian culture countries it is celebrated as our heritage from ancestors.