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On this breezy October morn, I walk
in the swift shadows of cloud-cursing rooks,
watching the world wake on the horizon.
Leo Yankevich
All houses wherein men have lived and died
Are haunted houses. Through the open doors
The harmless phantoms on their errands glide,
With feet that make no sound upon the floors.

We meet them at the doorway, on the stair,
Along the passages they come and go,
Impalpable impressions on the air,
A sense of something moving to and fro.
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Indian Festival Holi.

I am So Happy about this festival and waiting excitingly :) . It is on 5th of March this Year. Holi celebrations start with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance. The next morning is a free-for-all carnival of colours, where participants play, chase and colour each other with dry powder and coloured water, with some carrying water guns and coloured water-filled balloons for their water fight. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. The frolic and fight with colours occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People visit family, friends and foes to throw colours on each other, laugh and chit-chat, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks. Some drinks are intoxicating. For example, Bhang, an intoxicating ingredient made from cannabis leaves, is mixed into drinks and sweets and consumed by many. In the evening, after sobering up, people dress up, visit friends and family.

Holi is celebrated at the approach of vernal equinox, on the Phalguna Purnima (Full Moon). The festival date varies every year, per the Hindu calendar, and typically comes in March, sometimes February in the Gregorian Calendar. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair ruptured relationships.

Comments

  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,513 mod
    In Nepal it occurs a day later @karunesh, and lasts two days (6-7 March) in the Terai. I have been in India during this festival and I have enjoyed it, as it is very good-natured and fun.

    I'm dreading it here though. Unfortunately in Kathmandu, there is usually a lot of Eve teasing and spite, with buckets of dirty water thrown around indiscriminately. On Friday, I will avoid going out as far as possible and certainly won't wear any clothes that I don't mind getting ruined.
  • karuneshkarunesh Posts: 46 ✭✭
    @mheredge yes because Nepal is only Hindu country in this world and you can say Nepal is almost a part of India whether it is a different country . actually holi is type of festival here which celebrated in many form, they use different kind of things to play holi you won't believe some people here play holi with sticks (lethmar holi) but if you play holi in it's true form which is with colours and water I assure you one will surely enjoy.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,513 mod
    @karunesh you had better not say 'Nepal is almost a part of India' to a Nepali as they might get very upset with you! :)

    I was in Mcleodganj a couple of years ago during Holi, it was fun and people respected your wishes if you didn't want to get wet and covered in colours. (I was travelling and doing laundry is never easy when you're on the move).
  • karuneshkarunesh Posts: 46 ✭✭
    @mheredge No dear I don't think so that Nepali would be disappoint or get angry if I say Nepal is a part of India rather they should be happy to know we assumes Nepal is a part of India and we are always ready to protect them from any unseen trouble or challenge. Nepal is complete Hindi country or you can say only Hindu country and I am a Hindu and I proud to be a Hindu , its history attached to India and Nepal is totally different from j&k.
    Yes you are right we respect the wishes of people. Do you know so many foreigners are waiting as well for this festival and preparations are on full swing. Someone is need not to be disappoint if he is not in India during this festival he can join near by Indian community to celebrate.
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,524 mod
    It will soon be Holi again.
  • kantkant Posts: 2
    @mheredge I stayed in Dharamshala for 3 years and yes the locals respects the choice of foreigners during festivals.
  • miss_masamiss_masa Posts: 77 ✭✭
    It must be a very exciting celebration! But I have a question ,what do you do with those colored clothes? :)) Are the colores washable?
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,513 mod
    I need to check out the dates and see what I can do to keep a low profile around then! In Kathmandu they're mean.
  • kindgnicekindgnice LEO Motivator!!! Posts: 7,646 mod
    I have an Indian colleague in work and one of the festival he celebrates is Diwali festival.

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