A Vibrant Holi Experience with John Clements Consultants
Written by Shubham Mittal
Color and variety are synonymous with Indian culture, beliefs, and way of life. A country steeped in traditions and Indian charms bedazzles all her visitors with a kaleidoscopic rendezvous.
Let me begin by admitting that the timing of this post is a little off, since it is a little over two weeks after the last Holi and a long stretch before the next one. However, I still decided to publish this post while the colors and memories of experiencing Holi at Ms. Carol Dominguez’s home are fresh.
Over the last few years, I have felt that enthusiasm for Holi is slowly fading away. During my stay in Europe, Holi, which used to be an affair stretching for days, involved throwing water balloons and buckets filled with water from the terrace onto unarmed and non-suspecting mortals — experiencing the sheer joy and glee in “hitting targets”(or ducking and hiding from those who may not share the same enthusiasm).
So, this year was a bit different with a perfect Holi get-together with beautiful people wearing lovely and colorful Indian attire — a perfect example was Ms. Dominguez’s black and gold sari. That, coupled with fine wine and dining, marks a great start of auspicious Holi celebration.
Holi, the festival of color and love, also signifies the arrival of the spring season, and is held in the month of March, the day after the full moon. The festival begins with the lighting of the Holika bonfire the night before, which represents the victory of good over evil.
There are many legends associated with this festival; one of the more prominent ones is that of demon king Hiranyakashyap, who wanted everybody in his kingdom to worship him. But his own son, Prahlad, became a devotee of Lord Vishnu, which the king could not tolerate. He ordered his sister, Holika, to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap to kill him, since Holika had a boon which made her immune to fire. The legend goes that Prahlad was saved by the Lord himself for his extreme devotion while Holika was burnt to ashes. The other more widely known legend is that of Lord Krishna applying color on Radha, the Supreme Goddess, to make her look like him, since he was dark and she was fair.
What a great evening it was! It was my pleasure to be part of an evening in the company of interesting people. Thanks to Ms. Carol Dominguez for her wonderful hospitality!
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About the author:
Shubham “Sam” Mittal is a business development associate of John Clements Consultants, Inc.