Day 21: Holi


Today was the celebration of Holi.  Wikipedia describes Holi as, ‘a festival that signifies the arrival of spring, the end of winter, the blossoming of love, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships.  The festival also celebrates the beginning of a good spring harvest season.’  There is no other way to say love than to be surrounded by amazing bright colors and people dancing with endless smiles.  

Spring is my favorite time of year, flowers start to bloom and gray skies give way to blue ones.  It also helps that my birthday is in the beginning of spring.  People wait months for this time of year to resurface.  The celebration of Holi highlights this with an explosion of color. 

i went to celebrate at Juhu beach with a few friends.  We walked along the beach and it was absolutely beautiful.  People were strung along the beach running into the water and wishing everyone a happy Holi by placing color on faces and clothes.  They were al smiling.  Many people speak of the dangers of going to this area on Holi, but I found it to be very peaceful. 

In my experience, holiday is the highlight of the Indian people. They are vibrant in personality and bursting with love.  I had to have been an Indian citizen in a past life because I feel so at home here.  The chanting and drums are my favorite soundtrack while walking around on any given day.  

The Holi celebration should be experienced I by all people.  It leaves you feeling that you are a part of the large mass of people on this little spec in the universe.  It makes you feel like you are one with everyone that surrounds you.  Holi is the festival that, above all else, you learn to be loved.