‘Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, has a long tradition which lies deeply in Hinduism.‘
During the festival, all 1.25 billion Indian people play outside and splash each other with neon bright paint colours. Every region of the country celebrates Holi as the vibrant colours of Holi make no difference for caste, creed or religion. Celebrated on the last full moon of the lunar month Phalguna, this year, Holi falls on March 21st.
Having spent my childhood in India, Holi has always been a much awaited festival. The day of Holi starts very early for most children – as there are certain tasks which need to be completed before the festivities start.
“What tasks?” you ask…
Well, for one, there are buckets of water-filled balloons that need to be ready for the attack!! There are stacks of colours that need to be arranged so we are ready and armed for the day. The water guns are on the ready too with handy buckets full of water to refill.
Anyone and everyone is fair game in Holi, including your parents, siblings, friends, the mailman and folks on the street. The water balloons come in full force for those strangers on the road and the piles of vibrant colours are handy for anyone at an arm’s reach.
In addition to the paint throwing, people gather to march on the streets while playing drums and singing traditional songs. It’s a festival + parade + concert + paint war at the same time!
Like all Indian festivals, a very colourful day ends with lots of food whilst reminiscing the good times and looking forward to the beginning of spring.