Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Celebrating Holi Festival 2013


"At the near end of the celebration, some faces looks funny with all the colors on their skin. Even the colors would take some time to wear off, but the memories would remain forever. After all the true significance of Holi is not on the outward expression but it is through unity, freedom and peace to prevail forever."



It is officially the end of winter season in India, and today people are celebrating the most colorful festival known mostly among Hindus as the Holi festival. For the second time, I had the opportunity to witness and experience this vibrant festivity. 

A day before the main event, people are already celebrating with their families and group of friends. I have witnessed how they make fun of the colored powder called 'gulaal'. Almost everyone of any age groups are having fun while putting this colors on each others face, hug and greet each other. On the evening is the bonfire which is a tradition that has a spiritual significance. According to the the Hindus, Holi festival is to commemorate the victory of virtue over evil. 



On this day is the main celebration. People in every places in India and expatriates abroad are celebrating with joyful spirit. This is the best time to become boisterous but in a polite manner. Whatever you do is acceptable and memorable to others. This is also the time to be at peace with someone for any conflicts you have had. People temporarily set aside negative feelings towards someone. Enemies became friends again, thus creating a healing atmosphere.

It was fun watching kids carrying their water gun filled with colors and running after other kids while spraying it to them. Although some may have been hurt a little bit, still the laughter continues. No anger, no irritability, but full of enjoyment. 

Some ladies and gentlemen are dancing in a tune of a bollywood music and they danced gracefully. I have seen familiar faces from last year's event and this time I have more fun and appreciation . Although I haven't got any colors compared to the previous year, still I'm satisfied of what I have experienced.



Celebrating Holi Festival last year was as vibrant as the event today. The park is full of people, mostly small children guided by the adults. The lawn became muddy because of heavy water and the children playing in it. However, the entire day is full of joy and positive spirits. 

At the near end of the celebration, some faces looks funny with all the colors on their skin. Even the colors would take some time to wear off, but the memories would remain forever. After all the true significance of Holi is not on the outward expression but it is through unity, freedom and peace to prevail forever. 


© 2013 Del Cusay




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