Holi is a fun holiday! People all over the India, Nepal and Srilanka will be throwing bright colored powders at each other while running around laughing. The holiday is simply the celebration of the end of the winter season. An atheist couldn’t ask for better. Now of course religious folks have tried to grabbed the holiday over the centuries making many explanatory myths for the holiday, but most folks ignore these are just out for the foolery. Can you hear parallels?
I had the pleasure of celebrating Holi twice in India and once in Washington D.C. (at a Hindu temple). In India, we dressed in white kurta and pajama (traditional clothes) and ran around throwing colors at each other — even at strangers occasionally. We also sprayed each other with water to make the colors stick.
Holi has its lewd side too. Men often grope unsuspecting women (reminding me of crowded Japanese trains) and wet white kurtas can be very sexy. But my favorite indulgence was the Bhang — a drink made by grinding almonds, spices, milk, sugar and cannabis. Yeah, you read that right, marijuana. And it is even sold in government stores. Boy does that stuff sneak up on you and hit you hard. But the colors never looked so beautiful.
May you have a glorious Holi today! I wish we could start a movement to bring Holi to the U.S.A. !