Saturday, March 19, 2011

Happy Holi

India is a country which is symbolized as an example of Unity in Diversity. We have so many cultures and traditions, more than half of which we ourselves are unaware of. But those that are celebrated, are done so by all.

One such festival is that of Holi. It signifies the synthesis of all colours, people, ideas, and thoughts. It is a festival of harmony and homogeneity. A celebration that consumes everybody, irrespective of their gender, caste, and creed.

It symbolizes the victory of good over evil- the mythology of Holika turning into ashes as Bhakt Pralhad coming out safe from her lap.

Holi is also our way of thanking God for the spring, for good harvest. Holi is lit on the full moon night as a mark of the advent of spring...on the last day of winters. To bring in some warmth.

Back to the present...what is holi for us today. Amidst global warming and more than three fourth of us feeling that we would die of a heat stroke, Holi to bring in more warmth seems suicidal to me.

And then when people do not get water to drink, we splash it around on everyone wasting it in the name of Holi. Does all this really exemplify celebration?

If Holi stands for unification, think about all those who do not consider it as a celebration! The animals who hate the colour and being forcefully drenched in water, the birds who do not quite enjoy the smoke up in the air, and the humans who would rather use the water to drink than play with it.

With changing times, our way of celebrations too need some well deserved modification, if it still needs to stand true to its raison d'etre...good over evil or unity in diversity. And it is about time that change is brought in.

I am not against the whole idea of coming together and having some fun, but I do detest doing so on the stake of someone else...be it humans or others.

Celebration for me would be including everyone around me in it. Have fun with friends, without harming others... Celebrate a festival without making it a nightmare for others.

That is what Holi means. That is what each and every festival means. This is what in true sense celebration and happiness means.

Let us all be the change by just being aware of what is the real requirement of the hour.

Wishing you all a very Happy Holi!

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