It’s a colourful world we live in

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.

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Just a quick look at our Instagram.

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

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2 Replies to “It’s a colourful world we live in”

  1. Hell Bianca and Mark – I can totally understand your decision not to attend the festival – given this year is one where you are experiencing so many things for the first time; it is like everyday is the first day of Spring for you. What a wonderful way to spend a year – always looking at everyday things, experiences, tastes, sounds, sights and sensations with pristine eyes. You will have so many shared memories to treasure. Like you say your Instagram collection is kaleidoscope of colours so I guess the really important thing is to take time out each day and focus on one color, one memory and then just dwell on it for 10 minutes or so.

    I thought the photo you took in the Phillipines of the blue wooden boat was so special and raised so many questions in my mind – who owned it, where had it been, what had it done, what fish had swum under it, what weather had given the paint its hue, where would it go next, and so on. It was such a simple photo yet Iam sure that boat was a lifeboat/lifeblood for a local person or family.

    Looking forward to hearing more. Where are you off to next? No don’t tell me just surprise me that is half the fun of receiving your blog. I never quite know where on our planet it will come from and what experiences/insights you will share with me. While I know your blog goes to many family and friends it also seems so personal – just written for the person who is reading it and there is always a life message in each one whether you are both aware of it or not.

    Bianca you will have quite a job of putting all this into a book when you get home. Make a great film to….

    Love and Blessings
    Susanxxxx

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  2. Hi Bianca and Mark, it has taken a little while to navigate to a reply. The photos on Instagram are a kaleidoscope of colours. I wonder if you ever see them on a big screen (other than the laptop or phone)
    and all together. They are all beautiful shots of our most beautiful world. When I look at the photos it is very calming perhaps because there are so many with water and nature in general. One day you will have a lovely coffee table book that you can spend a few quiet hours remembering your travels. Imagine a slide show that you can put on your tv or computer screen – perhaps. I look forward to your next entry on the blog. Enjoy and be safe, love and hugs, mum,xoxxoooxxx

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