There’s nothing more exhilirating than being surrounded by friends splashing bright colours and cool water on a sun -drenched morning! After a long hiatus of almost 20 years, I joined my kids in a Holi medley of gulal, pichkari and water and resolved not to miss another session ever!
Having grown up in Mumbai, the tradition of the Holika bornfire on the eve of Holi followed by playing proper Holi the next morning has been part of my life for 15 years. It had taken a back-seat as I tackled college, marriage, career and parenthood. But, yesterday, armed with two pichkaris and two over-excited children, I marched down to the playground to gift myself some Holi fun. And, this is what I learnt:
- With everyone’s face covered with gulal, we are all equal – irrespective of sex or age! And ,that’s what makes it so much fun. I found myself being attacked with a tiny pichkari by a toddler and with a bucket of water by a teenager.
- Holi’s a great way to lose inhibition and come out of your shell. I saw a couple of children – who normally are too shy to mingle much – partake of the fun just as much as everyone else.
- Holidays need not always be about watching TV and running for classes and cramming for exams. Even kids who have their exams going on had come down for a short break to re-energize themselves for a gruelling day ahead. And, my children didn’t even ask for half an hour of extra TV that morning!
- Adults need to become children too. At first, the adults consisted merely of parents supervising their young ones. But soon, a small exchange of gulal on the cheeks led to us plunging headlong into the fun and frolic, and playing together with the kids.
At the end, as I walked back home with my face looking like modern art and my hands a gaudy mix of pink and purple right down to my fingernails, I realized that I’d never had so much “pure fun” in ages!
So, my message to all those people out there who think Holi is for kids – “You are wrong! Holi is for anyone who just wants to have a little bit of fun!”