Holi – The festival of colors

mercredi 7 mars 2012
par webmestre , R. Parello

Le 8 mars, c’est Holi, en Inde, la fête des couleurs qui annonce le printemps.
Un joli texte d’élève du lycée Step by Step de Jaipur.

Holi is one of the major festivals of India and is celebrated in March.And what makes Holi so amazing is the spirit and enthusiasm with which it is celebrated throughout India. Holi isnt just one day of color-filled fun. Before that there is a whole week of preparation. The entire country has a festive look when it’s time to celebrate Holi. Markets are jam-packed with people buying colors and water-guns. Children are rushing to get this year’s new model so that they can add to it to their collection. And these water-guns known as ‘pichkaari’ are an important part of Holi. Women start making early preparations for the holi festival, cooking a lot of sweets and savory snacks for the family and relatives..Also as Holi marks the arrival of spring the season of hope and joy it is also called the Spring Festival. Holi comes with the promise of bright beautiful summer days to come with the chills of winter starting to recede. Nature too, it seems rejoices at the arrival of Holi and wears its best clothes. Fields get filled with crops promising a good harvest to the farmers.The day before Holi, called Chhoti or Small Holi people gather and light huge bonfires, the ceremony is called HolikaDahan. It is done to render gratefulness to Agni, the god of Fire. The ceremony is considered sacred to the spirit of Holi. Great excitement can be seen in people on the next day when it is actually the time for the play of colours. Shops and offices remain closed for the day and people get all the time to get crazy and whacky. Bright colours of gulal (colured powder) fill the air and people take turns in pouring colour water over each other. Children take special delight in spraying colours on one another with their water guns and throwing water balloons at each other.By the end of it people are covered in colors from head to toe. They are covered in shades of reds, yellows, blues, greens, and every other color imaginable. No one is left out. And all of this ends at about sunset after which everyone gets cleaned up and sits down to a sober evening with friends and family just relaxing and having good conversations with people you love. It is the best end to a day of colors and happiness.
Shashank goyal - Second-IB - Step by Step International school – Jaipur - India

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