So, here comes the festival of colours though I have to admit I'm no big fan of this festival. I do abhor the mess and muck that comes along with it. I do not like the impact of colour on the skin, the stains that refuse to go and the marks it leaves on the inside of nails for days at a stretch. The way Holi is played in India , leaves you cringing but then again, I have to admit that there is an excitement and enthusiasm in the air that is a harbinger of this festival and it is infectious no doubt. Many of my closest friends play Holi with a lot of zest and vigour so, saying anything against it might just cost me my life;)
The first signs of Holi just being around the corner are the various carts carrying mounds of gulal ( dry colours ). It is a sight that surely makes you smile. There are also various water guns ( pichkaris) in assorted shapes , colours sizes adorning these carts and this makes my kids go crazy with excitement. They love playing Holi and I don't stop them from doing so but they are ONLY allowed to play with dry colours otherwise the house is in a total mess .
\Every corner and street is dotted with these carts carrying colours , heaps and heaps of it :)
The day normally goes by watching people from our terrace and balcony going crazy with colours on the street. Our nextdoor neighbours have this big Holi hangama in their home. There is music, lots of colour, lots of people who are beyond any trace of recognition and lots of thandai making rounds but seriously, I have always very politely turned down their invitation of attending the party and thankfully they don't insist ( phew ! )
But they were delicious ;)
Nimkis and khajur are also some munchies that go well with the gulal and gujiyas especially when family, friends and neighbours come visiting in the evening. You actually lose count of how many of each you have consumed. The endless chatter and laughter makes one forget what to eat and how much to eat. Sigh ! Those calories !
So as we get ready for Holi, I do hope it will be a good one. I hope people play safely and enjoy the festival keeping certain dos and don'ts in mind. Colours are beautiful and they should be used in a beautiful manner. Stay safe and celebrate the festival the way it should be :) Happy Holi !