"At the near end of the celebration, some faces look 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."
A day before the main event, people already celebrate with their families and friends. I have witnessed how they make fun of the colored powder called 'gulaal.' Almost everyone of any age group is having fun while putting these colors on the face of each other, hugging and greeting each other. In the evening is the bonfire, a tradition with spiritual significance. According to the Hindus, the Holi festival commemorates the victory of virtue over evil.
On this day is the main celebration. People everywhere in India and expatriates abroad celebrate with a 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.
Watching kids carry their water guns filled with colors and run after other kids while spraying on them was fun. Although some may have been hurt slightly, the laughter continues. No anger, no irritability, but full of enjoyment.
Some ladies and gentlemen dance to a tune of Bollywood music, and they dance gracefully. I have seen familiar faces from last year's event and have more fun and appreciation this time. Although I have not gotten any colors compared to the previous year, I'm still satisfied with 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 adults. The lawn became muddy because of the 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 look 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