When I first read Cheri’s post for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Community, the image that immediately flashed to my mind was the most unusual ‘Holi‘ (the Indian festival of colors to usher in spring) that I celebrated this year…
A Canadian hockey teamate sporting a riot of colours as my Indonesian colleague looks on!
Holi normally is a day of boisterous merry making! Tossing dry colours to the skies, squirting colored water on each other, dunking friends in (mud?! :D) coloured splash pools amidst teasing and laughter, throwing water balloons on unsuspecting targets….its all part of the game. ‘Burra na mano…Holi hai!‘ meaning ‘Don’t mind, its Holi‘ is the phrase that reverberates everywhere. It is a day which unites merrymakers across social, cultural or economical boundaries.
My Holi this year crossed the boundaries of nationalities too, as I got to celebrate it on foreign soil with my colleagues and friends, many of whom were not Indians. The feeling of home away from home….that of community was just so strong! Anytime I look up these pictures, the unadulterated joy, the music and dance, and of course, the colors sing in my heart again.
Cooling it off…..
Lets me know what you think of this colourful celebration of life!