March 4, 2007

BYBS- Holi

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One of the few festivals that is celebrated across the whole of India, and is not limited to any one part of it, is Holi- the festival of colours. On this day, men and women, young and old, friends and enemies- in short almost everyone- join each other to celebrate and wish the best for everyone.

Like all major festivals and Holidays, Holi, too, has many stories attached to it and you can read one of the more famous and widespread stories here.

Holi is truly a festival of colours. It comes at that time of the year when the cold winter is ready to leave, and the warm, open, summer weather is just around the corner. People get out of their houses in the morning in a group and visit their neighbor’s who join the group and thus the group keeps getting bigger and bigger. People make and buy sweets to offer to anyone who happens to visit their house. All this time, colours are flying around and everyone ends up having at least ten shades of colour on him or her. It becomes hard to recognize who is who with all the colours on one’s face and in one’s hair.

The great thing about this festival is that on this day even enemies forget their grudges and become friends once again. Many a times we realize that it was a big mistake to have fought with a friend and you want to be friends again but do not want to be the first to say so. This day provides one with a perfect opportunity to become friends again without having to say anything about what happened in the past.

In this busy modern life, where sometimes we even don’t know our next-door neighbors, festivals like Holi are a great blessing.

Wishing the world a very happy and colourful Holi!


D said...

Happy Holi!
So miss the mothership for the festival. We don't have much of a celebration here in NZ. Hope India is glowing with the colours of this beautiful festival.

MsDemmie said...

Happy Holi to you and yours.

Happy BYB Sunday!

Sue said...

Happy BYB Sunday and a very Happy Holi too!


Nancyrowina said...

I didn't even know it was holi, thanks for letting me know
happy BYB Sunday.

Kuanyin said...

Happy Holi and BYB Sunday! What a wonderful festival this is!

CyberCelt said...

What a wonderful celebration. If only every day could be a Holi-day. LOL Could not resist.

Really, I think it is a great celebration.

Have a great week.

Blue Panther said...

d: Happy holi to you too. I guess this is the hardest part of living away from your home country- missing the celebrations and festivals!

Msdemmie: Have a great week ahaead.

Sue: Happy Byb Sunday to you too.

Nancyrowina: You are welcome. Have a great week ahead.

Kuanyin: It is indeed a nice festival.

Cybercelt: I wish everyday was a "Holi"- day too. You have a great week too.

stev said...

ooo havent heard of holi before

sounds supergrandfuntastic indeed! =)

happy holi days!

Blue Panther said...

Stev: It is indeed a nice festival. I am surprised you had'nt heard of it before. But, well, better late than never.

C. Asbury said...

I've never heard of it either. Open to learning more of it.

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