Celebrated worldwide, the traditional Indian holiday is known for its vibrant powder colors that blanket people in the streets.
As one of the major Indian festivals, wherever Holi is celebrated, the spirit of the event remains the same. It’s a day to forgive, forget, reconnect, and enjoy time with family and friends.
The throwing of colors stems from an Indian story about baby Krishna who had dark blue skin. Krishna worried that Radha, who had fair skin, would not like him. His mother told him to color her face in any color he wanted. He did and they became a couple.
Colors also symbolize people becoming equals, whether they are friends, foes, family or strangers.
This day is usually on the full moon, which in the year 2017 is March 12.
- You can bring the whole family!
It’s proven that being around bubbly children tend to make you more energetic. As soon as I arrived a young boy with his whole family came right over to me and he splashed color onto my face as they giggled behind him. I soon began to chase him in circles around them; all of us were care-free and happy as can be.
- It brings out your inner playful child.
They’re not kidding when they say it’s an all out color war and everyone is fair game. Watching little children twirl around and grown adults sneak up behind them splashing color in their face made my heart jump.
- Physical interaction!
I haven’t had so many people come up to me and rub my face or pat my head in my life. Though they could be deemed ‘strangers’ it certainly didn’t feel like it at all.
- Smiles are free.
These interactions were so welcome because yes, smiles were free. Sometimes hugs too!
- Color all over.
ALL OVER. Thankfully from the heaps of color thrown or rubbed on me followed by those kind smiles, great laughter, or my favorite “Happy Holi” I didn’t mind getting color plastered into my eyes, up my nose, down my shirt. The best was putting a Q-tip to my ear after that crazy looking shower and finding
blue in there.
- Everyone gets involved.
The celebration was totally interactive. Matki Phod involved competitors making a human pyramid to reach and then break a clay pot with plenty of onlookers showing their support.
- Dance offs are welcome and appreciated.
Fast paced Indian music is difficult not to love, honestly. The beat and extra sounds just calls for an amped up crowd.
It doesn’t matter if you have skills or not, the dance off of girls, boys, couples, and children was a complete hoot to watch. As we were encouraged to scream for the best dancer, it wasn’t a surprise everyone got a loud round of applause. Moral booster!
HOLI CELEBRATES THE HUMAN SPIRIT.
It reminds you that we are all one. It doesn’t matter what you look like because with those colors it’s hard to tell one another apart and it’s such a beautiful way to remind us of this important fact.
When one learns about another culture, they are closer to enlightenment. I felt like the energy and light from this Holi festival brought me to an ecstasy filled stated of mind, heart, body, and soul. You could dance around loopy as a leprechaun and no one would think twice about it. Holi opens the doors to bliss. It reminds you to love one another and that truly, looks and backgrounds don’t matter.
Though it was my first Holi, it certainly will not be my last. There is something lovely about munching on Indian food covered in paint and watching people dance and play about.
Thank you Christchurch, New Zealand for allowing me to be a tiny but happy part of this event.
HAPPY HOLI ALL OVER THE WORLD!
Attack followed by the counter!
To all the performers, you all were wonderful!
Thanks for making this event so fantastic.
Grateful for you!
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