It's a Holi-Holi Day

                                                             It’s a Holi-Holi Day

                                                     Iss Baar #KhulKeKheloHoli

Remember this ageless track from the renowned Boney-M band. As a kid, I held on to the belief that this song was actually a Holi Song….just like our very own Holi song from Sholay- Holi ke din dil khil jaate hai or the sensuous- Rang Barse beeghe chunar wali. There are things associated with every festival. Diwali means crackers and diyas, rakhi means....well, rakhi. But Holi is nothing but full-on fun and masti. While we as kids used to enjoy all the beautiful festivals, nothing was as exciting as Holi. Holi meant hours and hours of unsupervised play time, not worrying about clothes getting soiled or messing up hour hair. And it was also fun to see parents doing the same. Now who could care to scold the kids when you are yourself all “colorful and muddled”. That’s what Holi was. Fun and excitement and an equalizer of sorts. Splash here and a splash there…..faces smeared with yellow, red, green…..teeth shining as everybody laughed their hearts out. Those colored faces looked so beautiful on that day.

One incidence that chuckles me even today also happened during one such crazy Holi revels. One of my friends was being scolded by an uncle of the society for making a ruckus. Everybody thought he was being generally reprimanded on behalf of the group until the uncle said…come home right now. It was then we realized that uncle actually wanted to scold his son but could not recognize him amongst the colored faces. It was actually an ROFL moment.

Sadly, the festival seems to be losing its fervor. With people worried about their skin and hair (read appearances), Holi somehow is frowned upon by many. Some say, the risks of chemicals in colors has increased but then the level of chemicals in air has also increased. Does it mean you have stopped breathing? Some just find it filthy….well, all I can say is “suit yourself”.

For all the Holi enthusiasts out there, get your Holi gear ready. Rub oil, lots and lots of it, on your face and hair. Keep those hoses ready. And greet the color brigade with craziness and madness. And when you are done coloring every inch of visible skin, gobble up on those delicacies to recharge your tired souls. Take craziness to new levels and shout out loud #KhulKeKheloHoli.

 “I’m pledging to #KhulKeKheloHoli this year by sharing my Holi memories atBlogAdda in association with Parachute Advansed.”

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