Holi is right at the corner and I’m sure all of you are gearing up to spend the colorful day with among friends, family and lots of colors ! Well now-a-days I don’t really play Holi cause of all the damages it does to my skin and hair. But I do play Holi with gulaal and enjoy with my family with sweets, Holi delicacies and more.
There was a time when I was 8 or 9 years old and I was new in the city ! I had very few friends but I wanted to make more friends and found the best way to have more friends on Holi. We Bengalis celebrate ‘Dol ‘ as well as ‘Holi’ so it’s mostly a two-day affair. So, being a shy girl i found it really hard to play Holi, since I was really not a very outgoing child. You could say I was a bit of a nerd and enjoyed being with books.
In the year 1999 I remember my Grand mother buying me those really popular water guns that went really viral that year along with lots of colors. The children in my community were really into playing Holi and I always felt scared seeing their black and purple faces! For the first few moments I stood in front of our house with my water gun loaded with color and a big bucket of colored water in red color(Yes Red was my favorite color back then too). I was too scared to ask them if I could play with them but when I got the chance I started playing with them ! I remember getting hit with water balloons for the first time that year! But I was not going to stop, I ran after all of them, soaked them with my large Pichkaari filled with colors and throwing water balloons at strangers.
The one incident that I really love about that first crazy holi celebration was going on top of my neighbors home and throwing water balloons at strangers. My neighbors made really tasty Jalebis for Holi and after three hours of Holi celebration we ate them in dozens. At that time, we never cared about the damages of skin or hair and enjoyed the festivities to the fullest ! We did not care if the colors stayed till a week, or if there was color even after three days if we shampoo ! Those were really the happy times, and the happiest Holi memory I have.
This year I am planning on celebrating my Holi with my family at our ancestral home. I’m buying special Herbal Gulaal and we will play Holi with gulaal and not water colors. I plan on getting lots of Jalebis for the Holi party so that we can have them after we’re tired of playing just when I was a child. So, what’s your Holi plan ?