Happy Holi: Colours of the Kumaon Spring

A spotlight on the Festival of Colours in Bageshwar, Uttarakhand

About the Video: Communities in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state in Northern India are celebrating the end of yet another bitter winter and the coming of spring. For the next month, the region is will be held in the trance of the festivities that mark Holi, the festival of colour, the spring festival. The people are gathering in courtyards of holy temples, throwing coloured powder and spraying coloured water on each other. Festive processions are been taken from one temple to another. Young men compete in displays of skill. Folk songs - spiritual, funny and downright bawdy, are sung in the thrall of classical ragas. Food and intoxicants add to the giddy fever of early spring. The last of the fog disappears over the horizon and the hills come alive with the sound of music.
Community Correspondent says: When reached over the phone Community Correspondent Vipin Joshi from Bageshwar, Uttarakhand informs that he is currently in the midst of the festivities. He is with his closest childhood friends. His laughter seems uncontrollable and infectious. He can barely hold his attention on the call. “Happy Holi,” he screams. When asked a question about the folk songs of Holi, he replies with a few melodious notes. When the question was reiterated his cell phone went silent with a few beeps. He has been unreachable since and one can easily imagine the reason. We wish him a very happy holi.
The Issue: Our Correspondent observes in the video that every year the number of people coming together to celebrate Holi has been steadily decreasing over the years. As Holi is the festival of love, he pauses to wonder if the falling numbers are a sign of fading love.
The Kumaoni Holi is one of biggest celebrations of Holi from across the country. The festivities are divided into three parts- Baithaki or sitting Holi (a sombre holi of spirituality and music), Khari or Standing Holi (the holi of excitement, colour, spirituality and music) and Mahila or the Women’s Holi. The myth behind Holi signifies the victory of good over evil and it also marks the start of the sowing season. The Kumaon region is predominantly agrarian and hence, Holi is one of the most important festivals for the community.
Call To Action: Happy Holi! Holi Mubarak!
Holi ke din, dil mil jaate hain, rangon mein rang mil jaate hain....(The day of Holi, when hearts meet hearts and colour meets colour)
- Popular Bollywood Song from the film Sholay
Related Links:-
HoliFestival.Org - The Legend of Holi
Kumaoni Holi
Holi Ke Din Song Sequence from Sholay

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