Holi Festival of Colours locally in Jaipur
Trip Start Feb 06, 2013
6Trip End May 12, 2013
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Holy Jaipur March 27 2013 Blessings Homes In Jaipur
After 38 days in Rajasthan.. I left Jaipur with bang.... a bang of colours and joy...!! I stayed an extra two days to celebrate Holi in Jaipur. I changed my flight and the airline was happy that I gave up my seats they gave me credit for the flight ....
To say I had an incredible experience is an understatement. To experience Holi in India is to understand what pure joy, pure fun, laughter, dance, colour and the meaning of enjoying life is all about.
Here is the Wikapedia story behind Holi if you want to read more about it.
This festival should be on everyone's bucket list or travel list that is if you like colour, laughter, joy, music, dancing, smiling and just having a great time… if you don’t well Siberia is probably better for you.
The Holi celebrations for me started days before but more on that later.With celebrations on the Polo grounds, visiting and orphanage, and a house full of food and laughter.
This morning started with a quick shower to slather my hair and body with creams and oils to make sure not too much of the colour stayed on me. I put on my old Capri and an old Kurat ( Indian lady’s top) and went down stairs from my flat to have breakfast with my Jaipur family at Blessings Homes in Jaipur
They Girigia and Kush smudged me with colours
Kush ( whom I nick named Sandu) was busy preparing the water balloons, colours and this was only 09h30 am.
He was up with his father at 04h00 at the temple for the Cow dung bon fire... yes Cow dung bon fire.... you can imagine how many cow dung bon fires were going on everywhere... I missed the lighting of the bond fire made of wheat , cow dung and wood.. but boy could I smell it in the air. Everyone was doing this so the air was thick with smoke.
After breakfast we all left by car to see family then spend a bit of time at the local temple for more colours food and dancing …
Then to a party with flowers, colours, a lot non Indian back packers and Indians who came to dance.
The stores were closed and streets were so quiet
Girigia my new little sister whom I enjoy teasing and nick name her Lazy and I got up and danced our hearts out. The music was soooooo good. Their were drums and DJ with beautiful Safaah wearing Rajasthani men dancing ...
Thank goodness I brought plastic for my camera.. next time no camera I will smear colour instead... hmmm highly unlikely to see me without my camera lololol
We came back and all the neighbours were celebrating with colours, music, dance, tablas, food, water …
The next door neighbours to my right were playing Holi with coulors, sand, water..and a drummer.. a total mess but a lot of fun with colour running every where
Gangs of guys on motorcyles were all coloured up … it looked like a scene from a Bollywood movie. It was sur real!!!! Hells angels in colour...
The water guns were flying every where … you can just imagine colour with water added to it..
Everywhere we went layers of colours were being applied
The local temple was having dancing food, colours, every neighbour was having a party with music
Girigia begged me to dance for her but I waited till the last day… and I danced my heart out .
One of our neighour’s son was an incredible dancer.. you could see he loved love to dance and he was good at it… and so was his mother.
It took one good scrub to remove the colours from my body with a little left here and there.
They say that after washing if you don’t have colours left then you really didn’t enjoy Holi.
There were a few men who crossed the line with Western women by touching them inappropriately and usually because they were drinking.
I say hang around with people you know or those having good clean fun.
Drinking alcohol in India is a bizarre thing.. It seems nobody can just enjoy a drink or a beer ..its necessary to get plastered and behave like an idiot!
No doubt not everyone but no wonder there is such a bizarre taboo about drinking. People who don't drink believe they will behave like fools..
I have to be the luckiest person. Not only did I get to see all sorts of celebrations for Holi both for guests and visitors to Jaipur but for everyone. I got to share whole with my friends, colleagues and Jaipur family.
I got to experience Holi locally which most people will never get a chance to do.
One must experience this once in a life time... and go all out!!!
Hope you enjoy my photos and blog