So today is Holi! It is the festival of colours in India, and is considered a major festival in the country. A saying in Bengali goes along the lines of ‘বারোমাসে তের পার্বণ’ (baro mashe tero parbon) which literally translated in English means that Indians celebrate 13 festivals in 12 months. It is apt for our country, and it is harmless to admit that we do celebrate a lot more than 13 festivals in 12 months!
We do have a lot of fun on this day, from buying colours ‘আবীর’ (aabir) to putting them on each others faces. I cannot say about North India because I haven’t visited it during Holi, but in Bengal we do celebrate it with a lot of exuberance.
10.45 am : The morning started like any other, and I am waiting for my friends to come out of their homes to play holi together. Looking onto the streets, I see a lot of people going by: their bodies coloured like a vibrant rainbow.
11.00 am to 12.00 pm: Going around my apartment, dripping from head to toe. My face was a palette of various colours: red, violet, orange, green and blue. There was a flurry of excitement and hubbub all around me.
This is what the floor looked like after we finished.
12.00 pm to 1.00 pm: A rigorous bathing session trying to get the colours off my skin and body. I had never taken an hour long bath before, it was quite a new experience. I had to shampoo 4 times and use half a bottle of scrubber before I could get almost all the colour off my skin.
1.30 to 5.30 pm: Spent time at a friend’s place, had lunch (biryani, yum!) and played UNO till we couldn’t anymore.
It was a lovely afternoon but I was exhausted after it. Overall, it was a day well spent.
Looking forward to Holi 2018!