This is my entry for the #kbcHoliHai Contest .
Holi has always been, and is my favourite festival. We used to start celebrating Holi much before the actual day. Going to the market with my father and hunting for the best pichkari and colours was what I always looked forward to. On the eve of Holi, I would along with all my cousins and friends accompany my grandmother to Holika Dahan. A small mela was organized near our house and each one of us would get small toys and balloons from the vendors there. Effigy of Holika, the evil minded sister of king Hiranyakashyap was placed in wood and burnt. This ritual symbolizes the victory of good over bad.
On the day of Holi, we always had a social gathering in the nearby temple and we would all gather up and enjoyed throwing water filled balloons at passersby and if anyone stared, we immediately shouted “Bura Na Mano Holi Hai” and it evoked a smile on the irritated faces. As I write this, the reminisces of the colours in the air, our happy colourful faces with teeth shining bright is running quickly through my mind. In the Mandir, a pot full of buttermilk was hung high on a rope and a group of boys used to form a human pyramid and one of them would break the pot. And we all as children used to cheer up and jump.
And the mouth watering delicacies like dahi bhalla, pakoras, gujias are always a not to miss.
I have a very funny memory when one of my cousins was once at our place during holi break. It was around 6 am in the morning and we were all sleeping and like every year had a plan to celebrate with my cousins and friends in morning. Suddenly there was a knock at our bedroom door and my cousin who was sleeping with me woke up and opened the door only to get badly coloured by my mischievous friends from neighbourhood. She got really angry and yelled at my friends Now after years , whenever we talk about it we have a good laugh!
Holi is a festival that lets us enjoy our crazy selves and re-live our childhood once again every year. Even now I love celebrating Holi with family and my little muchkin.