It has been hot. And quite frankly, I have been cranky. It seems only right and fair then, that I participate in a Hindu celebration focusing on joyousness.
We threw off our self-consciousness and painted one another, got into water fights, and naturally ate good food. In amidst the dancing to loud Bollywood music I asked my fellow Caucasian… “I hate our lame holidays, I wish I was Indian!” To which he replied, “But think of Christmas. We get presents at Christmas.”
Yes, giving up presents would be hard. But a holiday that is based on ignoring the caste system and just being totally without reservation with strangers was a great experience. My favourite moment? Watching a man pour an entire bottle of juice over a woman’s head, and amidst her sputtering, he yells –
“It’s Liquifruit – Mango and Orange!”
I couldn’t wish for a better way to spend a hot summer’s afternoon.
Bonus? My white tank is now a colourful tie dye. Not to mention while in the shower I found out how I would look like as a Herero woman.