Wednesday, March 3, 2010

On Holi 2010

Holi hai! { "It's Holi!"}

This past weekend was one of the largest festivals in India, Holi, and we think it is the most fun!

Holi is known as the Festival of Colors and it's the celebration of the coming of Spring.  The evening before the main day of the festival, there are huge bonfires built all over the city and villages.  These fires are made to commemorate the escape of a devotee to the god Vishnu from the fires of a demoness. Because of his deep devotion he made it out of the fire unharmed.  Sounds a lot like the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, doesn't it?

The next day is celebrated by throwing colored water on one another to welcome Spring.  This is serious business, ya'll.  For safety reasons, we stay at home, but that doesn't mean we can't throw color from the roof!

Last year I learned a trick from a friend.  Baby oil applied to the skin and hair helps keep the color from staining.


After: helps a little anyway.  We still have pink hair around here.

But definitely less staining than last year!

See that tank in the background of the picture below?  It's a 500 liter tank that we filled up with colored water.  {Ignore the pouting, little girl standing in front of the tank, even though she's totally adorable - pouting lip and all.  Her water gun broke, and she's three.  That explains things, right?}

We attached the hose to the tank and sprayed away at the people below.

The typical way to play color is to fill up these big syringe type things and squirt out the water which is a little more manageable for the kids.

The afternoon is spent getting cleaned up and resting from all of that fun.  The girls and I spent our time acting out our own version of the "Princess and the Pea".  Little Punkin' was determined to be the costume designer.

Since there are three little girls around here, there had to be three true princesses who could not sleep because of the pea under the mattresses.  So, in our version of the story, the Prince had two brothers.  :)


I got to be the pea.  Yes, my costume was designed by Little Punkin'.

 In the evenings, people go visiting friends and neighbors, putting colored powder on each others' faces.

It's such a fun day!  Absolutely nothing else like it



1 comment:

  1. What an awesome post! I'm so happy I have found your blog, seeing as how my mother was born in India. Sadly, we don't know much about her life there, other than the odd little tidbits she told us when we were kids -- don't touch a crooked picture on the wall because a snake could be behind it was one that really stuck out in my memory, and my sisters remember the rhyme Humpta Dumpta. I, being the youngest and coming 10 years later than my siblings don't recall my mom reciting that rhyme to me. Anyway, mom passed away in 1983, and my sisters and I have been trying to find out more of our heritage for the past 20 years or so. You see, mom never ever told us that she actually had Indian blood -- she had always referred to herself as a British Subject, which in fact she was. Her father was British and was working in India (Howra is where they lived) and he married our grandmother, who sadly passed away 3 days after our mother, their first and only was born. It wasn't until one of my sisters had this very tiny picture of our grandmother blown up a bit bigger that we realized she was Indian. That was a couple years after our mom had passed, so we couldn't really find out any more info, with no other relatives that we knew of from her side of the family. All we really know is that she was born and lived in Howra, and they had a huge mansion type house, her father died in a car crash when she was about 9 or so, at which point she lived with her grandmother on her mom's side until she passed away when mom was 12 or 13, and then mom went to live in a convent, which I assume was more like an orphanage type of place until her Aunt and Uncle came from England when she was 18 and brought her here to Canada with them.

    Anyway, I'm sorry to ramble on so much, but I'm just so happy to have found your blog and have added it to my blog roll so I can keep up to date on life in India! :-)


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