“The festival breathes an atmosphere of social merriment” (festivalofcolorsusa.com)
Singing, dancing, smiling, and embracing strangers with hugs, while at the same time throwing colors at one another, letting go of personal worries, and feeling oneness with the community around you, is what the festival is all about. My mother grew up in India is the one who introduced me to this tradition. I am thankful I got to spend the afternoon with her celebrating what they refer to in India as Holi.
More about the tradition:
In India, Holi announces the arrival of spring and the passing of winter. The festival breathes an atmosphere of social merriment. People bury their hatchets with a warm embrace and throw their worries to the wind. Every nook and corner presents a colorful sight. Young and old alike are covered with colors (red, green, yellow, blue, black and silver). People in small groups are seen singing, dancing and throwing colors on each other. (Festivalofcolorsusa.com)