Probably this is how one can define the Indian festival Holi.
Holi is a boisterous and a colorful festival celebrated on the full moon day of the Phalguna month, usually falling in February or March. This festival marks the victory of good over bad and beginning of the spring. During Holi entire India gets painted in a myriad of bright colors.
Like always, RANG – Chalmers Indian Association, made sure that Holi was celebrated with equal fervor and gaiety here in Gothenburg. This time it was a splendid celebration organized at Backa Folkets Hus on March 20th. The three hour celebration started with a cultural extravaganza followed by the fun-filled spectacle of color-flinging mayhem and some crazy dancing. The celebration was graced by Ms Banashri Bose Harrison, ambassador of the Republic of India to Sweden and Latvia, Ms Cecilia Magnusson, honorable Member of Parliament, Mr. P.K. Mahanandia an eminent personality in Sweden and his wife Charlotte.
Lot of Indians and internationals were a part of the Holi festivity and indulged in the joyful battle of colors. As with every festival in India, Holi too is incomplete without mouth-watering food and sweet delicacies. Food stalls were set up at the venue to make sure that people have a taste of the rich flavours of India. The crowd was also seen tapping their feet to the tunes of Bollywood music and enjoying. By early afternoon, almost everybody was covered with colors. The spirit of Holi makes a person get drenched in the colors of happiness and soak in the warmth of festivity and brotherhood.
To sum it up I remember reading these lines somewhere “Holi gives you the freedom to throw colors at a complete stranger, and he or she will give you nothing but a smile in return. Isn’t it beautiful seeing people celebrating their lives as it should be?”
Written by Mrinalini Raina