People, Faces Smeared with Colors, Celebrate Holi
For the past days, it has been like walking the gauntlet when venturing outside. As you may remember, we do not own a vehicle other than simple bicycles (the boys and Stan). So, when I go to school, go grocery shopping, go to church, etc. I must walk...and for this week, that means I may get wet!
Even though these past days have not been THE Holi day, all the celebrations have begun. Tomorrow will be THE day though! Holi is a festival that is celebrated here in Nepal and in India. This is a celebration of Lord Krishna's triumph over a female demoness named, Holika. The celebration has basically become one big water party and then on the 5th day, the water balloons and buckets are now colored with different colored dyes. Red and pink are the colors of purification so many boys and men will completely cover themselves in red powder and dance throughout the streets. I, on the otherhand, will remain inside. The boys would like to go to a friend's house in the next district and "take 'em on" with water balloons and our super-soakers (school has been cancelled for tomorrow due to the inevitable soaking they will all get on their way to school...just not good).
It actually amazes me that they celebrate this during the driest time of the year. We have all been put on water rations and the water table is quickly diminishing. Oh, did I mention, that even foreigners are targets...no one is exempt! So today, I went and stocked up on fresh veges and fruit and took a taxi home to avoid "stray" water balloons. I am so jumpy now that even when a pigeon or a crow takes flight off of the top of a roof here, my brain translates that as an incoming "bomb" and I react. I'm sure I've given several people a good laugh over the last few days. I wish I could go out and take pictures for you, but I really don't want to destroy our camera. This picture up above that I've found online will have to do for you.