Holi Festival of Colours
Holi is a popular colorful festival of India, named as the "festival of spring", the "festival of colors", or the "festival of love".
Holi signifies the arrival of spring, the end of winter, the blossoming of love, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships.
Holi celebrations start on the night before Holi with a Holika Dahan where people gather, perform religious rituals in front of the bonfire, and pray that their internal evil is destroyed and that evening is known as Holika Dahan. The next morning is celebrated as Rangwali Holi – a free-for-all festival of colors, where people smear each other with colors and drench each other. Water guns and water-filled balloons are also used to play and color each other. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children, and elders. The frolic and fight with colors occur in the open streets, open parks, outside of buildings.
This is the fourth time we celebrated Holi in Ceske Budejovice with the people of Biology center but the colors reached late from India, so we celebrated late and felt the same in the Czech Republic as back to India. We really thank the Director of Parasitology (prof. RNDr. Julius Lukeš) for giving us permission to use the Institute premises for our celebration.
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