On a certain full moon between late-February and mid-March, India and Indian communities around the world enjoy the festival of Holi
. A celebration of colour - Holi
has become one of India's most famous exports.
was born from an ancient Indian legend about the triumph of good over evil. If you're familiar with Bollywood (or any form of Indian entertainment to be honest), you'll have noticed that this is still
the most popular theme by far.
Over the centuries, Holi has come to signify the arrival of spring. It is also seen as a time to end conflicts - to repair broken relationships and to celebrate close ones.
The night before Holi is marked with the lighting of a bonfire; a tradition called Holika. The next morning plays host to a colour and water fight unlike anywhere on the planet. Festival-goers arm themselves with powdered colours and water balloons and take part in a free-for-all that lasts until the afternoon. Absolutely everyone is fair game in this - the most vibrant of wars.
When the dust settles that evening, people freshen up and typically spend time with their loved ones.
On the eve of Kaarigar's first ever Holi
, I'd like to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday. Enjoy!