Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Bura Na Mano Holi Hai

There was once a time when it was difficult to distinguish faces covered with the fast colors, Hair that were still covered with a multitude of colors for days if not weeks and hands which remained in a shade of magenta only to become pink after several days of rubbing and scrubbing were not taboos instead these were the trophies of Holi which we all cherished and displayed with a lot of pride. It used to be considered to be a matter of great honor among the neighboring children and the fellow students as to whose color remained on some body part or the body or the other for the maximum number of days. It meant that this person has had the maximum fun on that years Holi day.
What fun it used to be. I have many fond memories of Holi . It was the day when being simple was boring, naughty became the new cool. We friends used to get together and form a group or a toli. Our group or toli would be the guardians of our lane who would be armed with water pistols and buckets of water and color. Our goal used to be to defend our lane from other intruding groups of boys and girls. We would use our water pistols and pichkari's to ward off such invasions. However these battles between all the group of children were in good fun, there used to be no animosity or hatred. Care was taken that no one got hurt. By lunch time it was time to declare ceasefire and all the toli's or teams would merge to form a bigger group and together we would take a round of the entire locality eating sweets and savories and enjoying cutting jokes and having lots of fun.Many years have passed now. We have outgrown the age for those battles with water guns yet we meet and greet . For some reason the festivities of Holi have lost the sheen in terms of being a community festival instead it has got reduced to merely a holiday. The most sought after festival which used to be awaited by all is no longer the most awaited day of the year. I feel sad feeling about all the fun we are losing out on by not playing Holi.
This year we would be recreating those happy times so that we can relive those happy memories and the young ones can play out those mock Holi battles and see for themselves what fun they can have this Holi so let us all get together and say
#KhulKeKheloHoli. Let us all experience what fun the festival of Holi can bring into our lives.

“I’m pledging to #KhulKeKheloHoli this year by sharing my Holi memories at BlogAdda in association with Parachute Advansed.”

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