"We may have different creeds and faith. We may have different cultures and festivities. But one thing that I learned most, is to respect each other's differences towards unity, peace, and understanding."
Today, I am fortunate to have experienced a colorful and joyful celebration of the Holi festival in New Delhi. It has been celebrated by everyone who shared fun and laughter while playing with colorful powders and putting on each other.
In this festival, people gather regardless of gender, age, and social status. It is also believed to bring a closer relationship between two different castes, as practiced in a recent past or maybe at the present time— the lower and upper caste system of India.
Holi starts with a bonfire the eve before the day of the festival. It is followed by a gathering on the following day to celebrate this festivity. Holi would tend to bring back broken relationships, forgive enemies and bring back the closer ties of the community.
In a world where everyone should possess the values of politeness and courtesy, the Holi festival would have broken that social norm. Children and adults do not bother to become well behaved on this day, but to become boisterous for even a short period of time celebrating this festival.
As I have observed, people have different interests on how they would have fun. Some kids and even adults played with water guns and rumbled on the muddy water. Some would love to dance to the tune of Bollywood music and western music. Some would just love to watch and have not wanted to get some colors.
We may have different creeds and faith. We may have different cultures and festivities. But one thing that I learned most is to respect each other's differences towards unity, peace, and understanding.