10 March 2009

Holi: the festival of colors

Happy Holi

Once again, it's festival time! The festival of colors, Holi, is celebrated as a symbol of the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renews sweet relationships. In today's world, the need of brotherhood and acceptance of social diversity is more than ever. As the custom of betrayal and enviousness has reached an all-time high, the essence of the 'Holi' festival gives a significant message: the message of equality & togetherness!

During the Holi festival, customs & attitudes, which at other times may be considered offensive, are viewed as normal. It's common to squirt water (colored) on passers-by on this day. Also, dunking friends in mud or colored-water pool amid laughter & fun, and getting intoxicated are more or less acceptable. As a matter of fact, you can get away with almost anything by just saying, "please don't mind, it's Holi!"

I recall the color, joy and fun associated with the festival... Today, I miss all the excitement, food, fun and laughter associated with this festival of colors. And miss my family & friends a lot. But I take comfort in the fact that I may be able to make it probably next time!

I take this oppurtunity to extend my best wishes to all my friends and well-wishers. May the almighty gifts you all the colors of life, colors of joy, colors of happiness, colors of friendship and colors of love. May you achieve all the colors that you ever need to make your life truly colorful. If, & only if, my wishes could come in the shape of rainbows...I would give you all the brightest color to say: Happy Holi!

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Dilip Acharya on March 11, 2009 at 12:56 PM said...

Ťĥĩš "" ĩš Ğŏď's Ŕăĺń "" öf ßĺéššĭňğś.

Măŷ Ĭť Ŵăśĥ Ăŵãŷ Äĺĺ Ÿŏŷŕ Ťŕŏŭbĩëś

ăňd Ķèép Ÿŏŷ Áĭŵäŷś Ĥäppŷ


Ďíĺĭp Ãċĥăŕŷä

बेदनाथ पुलामी ( उमेश ) on March 11, 2009 at 1:12 PM said...

दीपेन्द्र जी तपाईलाई पनी होली को शुभकामना | होली मुबारक !

sameer on March 11, 2009 at 1:34 PM said...

I wish you a very Happy Holi. Enjoy bright colours of happiness and love.

Prabesh Poudel "उजेली" on March 11, 2009 at 3:24 PM said...

holi को धेरै शुभकामना दीपेन्द्र दाइ !!!!

सिकारु on March 11, 2009 at 5:38 PM said...

happy holley dependra jee ..

Sumiran on March 12, 2009 at 2:37 PM said...

deependraji belated happy holi.
Best of luck for your trip

badri on March 13, 2009 at 4:42 PM said...

ढिलो नै भए पनि ह्यप्पी होली

Anonymous said...

Thank you all for your wishes! I hope that you all had a very enjoyable safe and colorful HOLI.

Anonymous said...

how long does holi last

Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous, Holi is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of or Falguna (Phalgun Purnima), which usually falls in the later part of February or March. This year, Holi was on 11th March. Besides, bonfires are lit the day before (this year on 10th March), also known as Holika Dahan or 'Little Holi'.

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