Holi is easily one of the most vibrant festivals of India. It signifies the feeling of being in India, with the varied colours, cultures, traditions, etc. It truly is a secular festival. Holi celebrates so many things, colour, love and just an insane amount of fun.
So, what makes Holi so special? We say it is colouring your friends’ faces, drenching strangers with water filled pichkaris and eating all the amazing and delicious sweets. But do you know the four main powdered colours of Holi are used to represent different things. Red reflects love and fertility, blue is the colour of Krishna, yellow is the colour of turmeric and green symbolises spring and new beginnings. Thus the celebration of Holi has numerous reasons! Holi is all about colourful moments, be it the moment you aim a water-filled balloon on a friend you haven't spoken in a while, be it the moment you go back home to eat the delectable sweets your mom has made, be it the moment you make a stranger your friend by putting gulaal on him. It is the amalgamation of everything, from cultures, to traditions, to simply colours. It’s a time for people to play with their friends, laugh, meet others and forget about any of their worries. Holi is one of its kind experiences; people chasing each other in the streets, fields, temples, armed with packets of various colours and splattering people, known or random, from head to toe. It is madness, it is crazy, it is insane masti.
The thing that makes Holi oh-oh-special is the fact that it is and always will be associated with memories we will cherish throughout our life. Come March and we can smell the festivity in the air. Shops sprawled with Holi gift hampers, colours, water balloons and of course the fancy pichkaris. Celebrations start a week in advance with everyone being wary of being attacked by the notorious kids, armed with water balloons. Relatives, friends and neighbours kickstart the day by visiting and putting gulaal on each other’s faces. Also, one cannot imagine Holi celebrations without some delicious and lip-smacking food. The true essence of the festival lies in relishing the traditional delicacies. Interestingly, every region has something unique to offer and when it comes to Holi, you can actually witness the diversity in the various cultures and customs, and what unites the people of this country is undeniably good food.
One of the main aspects of why the festival is so cherished is that Holi helps bring the society together and strengthen the bonds between people. It is celebrated by everyone who wants to be a part of the colourful and joyous festival. The tradition of Holi is that even enemies turn to friends and forget any feelings of hardships that may be present. Besides, on this day people do not differentiate between the rich and poor and everybody celebrates the festival together with a spirit of bonhomie and brotherhood.
Thus, Holi is not just a festival, it is the true depiction of our culture. The friends, the food and the memories, is what makes it one of the most loved and exciting festivals of India. It is celebrated as one of the most fun, carefree, and most color-filled days. Wherever you look, you will see people with blue-purple ears and orange fingers. The exciting part is that the amount of fun you have is almost directly proportional to the amount of colour on your face, body and nails at the end of the day.
So, leave all your worries and inhibitions, and immerse in the festival of colours with all its glory and joy. Let us be kids for that one day and forget everything that holds us back. Enjoy and remember,
Bura Na Mano, HOLI HAI!