As the morning of Holi arrives, people congregate in the streets wearing old clothing and smear coloured powder all over each other. Throwing eggs and raw tomatoes, fizzing colour mixtures that froth and bubble in water, coloured water balloon battles, and therefore the new and newer colour additions of black and silver that resist fading even after washing have all contributed to the degree of enthusiasm and celebration throughout the years. To add to the unconstrained atmosphere of celebration, some homes create Bhang ki Thandai, a relaxing milk-based drink made with pulverised marijuana leaves blended with almonds and spices.
If you’ve ever pondered visiting India, now is a fantastic time to do it. The Holi festival, which is widely known throughout the country, may be a very engaging and enjoyable event. Historically, Holi marks the start of spring, when agricultural product is plentiful and the land is fruitful. People splash colour on one other to welcome spring and say goodbye to the frigid winter. To ward off evil spirits and promote positive energy, bonfires are lighted on street corners, and each family prepares refreshments to share with guests and neighbours.
Some Indian towns celebrate Holi in all its splendour, with loud and lavish festivity. Holi is primarily a North Indian holiday, although it has expanded to many other locations over time. The most solemn and raucous festivities take place in New Delhi, Mumbai, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan, where colour fills the air and revelry knows no boundaries. As soon as you step into a street in Delhi, you will become a target for coloured water balloons. Celebrations are more traditional in areas like Varanasi, Mathura (in Uttar Pradesh), and Pushkar (in Rajasthan), with temple ceremonies and community dance performances.
To lure visitors, local merchants decorate their store displays with a range of tinted powder piled up in baskets and clay pots packed with mountains of colourful colours. Families load up on colour a few days before the event and make spectacular appetisers and beverages. Children spend the day plotting pranks on their pals, while elderly meet to enjoy a nice game of cards, and young men and women dress up in ornate traditional garb and visit neighbours and friends. The major beauty behind all the celebrations of Holi is there is no age limit on sharing and enjoying those quality time together.
Overall, there is a sense of joy and excitement in the air. Each Holi colour represents a unique feeling that extends beyond the vividly coloured faces of people to a sense of togetherness, equality, and oneness.
- Red denotes purity.
- Orange denotes endurance.
- Purple denotes magic.
- Blue represents calmness.
- Green represents vitality.
- Yellow represents Happy.
- Pink says LOVE.
If you planning a vacation to India, make sure to consult a cultural calendar and include an event like Holi. It’s a terrific opportunity to meet new people, learn about the actual culture, and have a good time while doing it!
Personal Holi Experience
I have celebrated Holi once at Mumbai when I was 16 years old on 17.03.2014. The day has filled with lots of colours, love, care, affection, togetherness between friends, family, neighbours.
That typical day starts with wearing a white kurta and pyjama pants. We get blessings from the elder ones in the family. They feed us sweets and there starts the Holi drama.
Everyone loves to play in Holi such as missing from colours but most of them were waits to get their first colours from their favourite person. Eventually they found them and the festive of colour/love begins there.
Just like that I was standing right in front of my favourite person with red colour in hands to say how much pure she was and how much she meant to me. While she holds Pink and Yellow in her hands to remind me that my happiness and love wasn’t separate things after all. We exchanged / thrown colours at each other had a lot of sweets, spend a day full of laughter with our friends and family. Remembering those days still gives goosebumps to me.
We roamed each and every corner of Juhu streets, Girgaum Chowpathy streets, Pandra streets and met a lot of new peoples, friends of friends, her cousins, school mates in that small red colour ‘Scotty Pep+’. Also got caught by a cop named Mr. S.V. Rajesh Kapoor who later wished us “Happy Holi” and dropped us in her house with a friendly warning.
That day was ended in a long table dinner with all family members with us over 30 peoples and we all ended up talking all night. We also played Cards, Uno, Truth or Dare, Love stories etc.
Those day were still playing a huge part in my life even though it was 8 years ago. It was also the last time I celebrated Holi.
So, if you ever get a chance to celebrate Holi with your favourite peoples, just don’t miss that chance for any cost. Because that day could change into something better, maybe one of the best days of your life.
Wishing you all a “Happy Holi!”.