The beginning of Spring comes with abundance of hope. It unravels the beauty of nature and promises the rekindling of new life. This time of the year also witnesses one of the biggest and most celebrated festivals in India, Holi. And along with it, comes a handful of colour, some spray of water, delectable food and a lot of festive fervour. This is something that remains unique to India and is widely unmatched till date.
Though every festival in India, is celebrated with pomp and style, Holi remains particularly special. The country sees colour blend into the atmosphere with immense beauty and looks like a palette of the most fascinating canvas ever to be painted upon.
While India turns into the most spectacular site during Holi, Indians residing out of the country miss out on these celebrations. Though spring festivals around the world compensate for the action that Holi in India offers,it is difficult to replicate the exact same excitement that playing Holi in India actually gives.
The scenes from India are most missed when one is living abroad. People crave the madness associated with the day, but off-late NRIs have made their own little arrangements. On a recent trip abroad, Holi was on a Sunday. I managed to spot clusters of Indians with colour smeared over their faces, giving me a feeling that I wasn’t alone in a foreign city.
Friends who have long moved out of the country have introduced their non-Indian friends to the culture. One often comes across pictures with people from different ethnicities joining in the celebration and vice-versa. It is very heartening to see that as time progresses people are welcoming all types of cultures with open arms.
Holi is one such festival which is best enjoyed when played in your own neighbourhood in India and with your family. With the passing of time, as the world becomes a global village, and migrants in cities gather in large numbers, a greater amount of people are embracing what each culture has to offer. On the one hand, where there is resistance against different ethnic identities, this is a welcome change that one is getting to see.
Shreya Ganguly is a sports writer who contributes to several international sports portals.
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