Its Holi today, and I miss it so dearly every year that I am away from home and can't celebrate it. Its been a long time since I played with colors!
I had a blast when I was kid, we were about 10-12 kids on our street and by the end of the day we would be so fully covered in colors that even we couldn't recognize each other. The first few hours were for allocated for dry colors and going around the neighborhood wishing everyone we knew. The second part, the most fun part, was playing with colored water. Our house was the place we all gathered up for it. My mom would fill two huge drums with water and we would add colors to it and start drowning each other :)) Not all of us had the pichkari's or hand-held water pumps and we would use mugs and buckets and whatever else we could lay our dirty hands on. It was just sooo much fun and feel lucky for it now :)
The rest of the day though would be lost in scrubbing the color off our skin. It was my mom's worst nightmare I guess. She would bring out the best from her arsenal - oil, shikakai, soapnuts (kunkudikaya), shampoos etc, and the scrubbing process would take for ever and just barely reduce the color at the end of it :)) The next day we would be off to school with pink cheeks or ears (the toughest part) and hands, and it would turn inta a competition among friends :)) Those were good memories, of days of complete abandon, no worries about water shortage or chemical laden colors, but just about having fun and enjoying it with those you love.
A very colorful and safe Holi to all of you. If you are using colors, make sure you use chemical free ones and be conscious of the people around you. Enjoy!