The article mainly focuses on the streets of New Delhi, the capital of India, during the day of Holi. The vibrancy and excitement in the air is clear. India is a very prideful country and it is extremely important for many of its citizens to be unified by famous holidays such as Holi, even if they come from different backgrounds or religious groups. Holi celebrations start with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi where people gather to sing and dance. The next morning is a “colors carnival” where children and adults alike play, chase, and throw powdered color at each other, as well as have water balloon fights. Anyone and everyone is fair game on the streets of Indian: friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. Later on in the day, large groups carrying drums and other musical instruments travel around the city to celebrate. Typically during the nighttime, people visit family and friends to close out the holiday by eating delicious food and having intimate conversations.
Holi has a significant importance to me. As a second-generation immigrant whose first language is English, I feel like I need to grasp on to my Indian culture even more so than other people. By doing so, I have begun taking Hindi courses in college to help retrace my steps in the form of heritage and culture. Additionally, traditions like Holi help me do so as well as Hindi class. During Holi, I get to be involved with and learn more about my heritage which allows for the best of both worlds.
Article Citation: "India's Holi Festival Celebrates Spring's Colorful Arrival." NY Daily News. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Apr. 2015.