Saturday, March 03, 2007

Holi: The Festival of Colors

The colorful festival of Holi has an ancient origin and is celebrated as the triumph of good over evil. It also bridges the social gap and renews sweet relationships. Holi is a harvest celebration marking the climax of spring. Bonfires are lit the night before, following which, people have fun by throwing colored powder and colorful water, dancing and wishing each other well by giving a hug. Holi was undoubtedly one of Anuj’s favorite festivals.

Holi was always a big tradition in our family. Festivities began days in advance where the house was decorated, Pujas were performed and most importantly sweets and playing colors were bought. On the actual day of Holi, Anuj used to wake up early to fill his water gun with all sorts of colored water and be prepared for the festivities. As the tradition goes, people go from house to house wishing and greeting each other “Happy Holi” while putting color on each other and sharing sweets. Anuj always being full of joy and enthusiasm did the same as he went around with Neal and his friends playing Holi for hours. By the end of the day he used to always be drenched in colored water, have his face painted in an array of colors and already finished nearly a dozen sweets. Anuj loved playing Holi and sharing the love and happiness that the festival is a celebration of. Below are a few images of Anuj along with the family during the many Holis celebrated in India.

Holi, 1990.

Holi, 1993.

Holi, 1992.

Holi, 1990.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh! We missed you again,
Because thats how we feel without you both,
Missing you loads on Holi!

10:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Though you are not here with me...........
You are always in my mind..........
Encouraging me in every thing I do........
And I wish you could be here with me on this HOLI too.......
To sprinkle COLORS of Holi, on both of you........

Missing you so much,

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holi seems so colorless, without you both,
We cant be together on this Special Day,
Thinking, that you both were here with us,

Missing you immensely,
Love you tremendously,

12:08 PM  
Blogger Meena said...

Those photos were so precious. We were thinking about you all on Holi. Missing you dear cousin brother, Anuj.

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anuj was my class mate and friend when we were in St Francis College, Lucknow... It was really shocking to know that Anuj is no more.... though we were not in touch since he left for US but we (SFC people) do get to know about him by some or other source... and same way again we got this very shocking news... one of the jolly fellow and his lovely smile is always drawn into imagination whenever his name comes and still i can feel his lovely smile... May GOD Bless his soul...
its been almost one year but still we are not able to bleive that he is not with us....really anuj....we all miss u but ur smile will always remain wid us..........

Tanveer (Classmate of St. Francis College)

10:53 PM  

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