We’ve decided not to go to India for the Holi festival. The costs were adding up very quickly and when we stopped to think about it we didn’t want to be rushing around trying to fit in a festival just because.
In our investigations though I did do a bit of research about the Holi festival and it’s meanings. Good old wikipedia told me that “The festival has many purposes; most prominently, it celebrates the beginning of Spring. In 17th century literature, it was identified as a festival that celebrated agriculture, commemorated good spring harvests and the fertile land. Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring’s abundant colours and saying farewell to winter. To many Hindus, Holi festivities mark the beginning of the new year as well as an occasion to reset and renew ruptured relationships, end conflicts and rid themselves of accumulated emotional impurities from the past.” (taken straight from wikipedia) So if I am to focus on the most prominent purpose of the Holi festival being the beginning of Spring then I don’t need to go to India to celebrate Spring’s abundant colours because if I was to take a screen shot of our Instagram posts I could see so many colours, if not more simply in the places we visit each day.
Of course it isn’t the same as being at the festival but I am happy with simply enjoying the colours this world has to offer each day and I don’t feel like I will regret the decision we’ve made. How can I regret not going to one place when I’ll see more of the world than the average person? I count myself lucky to be in the position I am in and I know we won’t get to see everything this colourful world has to offer but we sure as hell will see a lot of it and I’m so happy with that.
love, a colour happy B xxx