Holi, a festival of celebrating colors, reminds us to color our life with love, signifying new growth and new beginning!! It is the celebration where we spread love by splashing colors on each other. We get lost in colors, forget our usual identities and experience life with a complete new perspective. Isn’t it amazing!! And the best thing is, its just fun – loads of fun; with all the exciting festivities including parties, dance, food, competitions, this is a festival that brings out the best fun-side of everyone who enjoys it.
Holi, is basically an ancient Hindu religious festival of India and Nepal, which has gradually become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia along with people of other communities outside Asia. In recent years the festival has spread to many parts of Europe and the United States as a spring celebration of love and colors. If you’re somewhere near Washington D.C. this April, try being a part of this grand celebration organized by Iskcon of DC on 9th April, 2016, 11 AM-5 PM; you can see the details here.
Holi has long traditional links with several legends that, of course, has only one lesson – “The victory of good over evil”. The celebrations start on the night before Holi with a bonfire where people gather, sing, dance and party. The next morning starts the free-for-all carnival of colors in the open streets and open parks!! People play, chase and color each other using powdered and water-color. The color fight becomes more exciting with the weapons like water guns and colored water-filled balloons. It’s the time when you get a one-day license to play any kind of funny prank with any one and escape with a sorry-face saying, “Bura na mano Holi hai” that means “Please don’t mind, it’s the Holi!!”. It’s the fair game for anyone and everyone!! People carry drums and other musical instruments, go from place to place singing and dancing.
No doubt, this colorful festival bridges the social gap and creates sweet relationships. People from all walks of life and surrounding areas unite to together play this joyful game of colors. After all, it’s the forgive and forget day!! So, as they say – Wear your whitest and let your inner child be out on this very special occasion!!