We all like to celebrate. Whether it is a promotion at work, a praise from someone you admire or just simple things in life, you don’t need to find an excuse to celebrate. So when you are given one to celebrate, party and have good clean fun, you grab the proverbial horse and ride your way into the dancing sunset.
Holi is the celebration of Good over Evil, a day to forget and forgive and to end yourself of your errors. What better way to do that then to throw coloured powder at random strangers, shouting “Happy Holi!” while they do the same to you. You can run away from them, but there will always be another happy seeker willing to powder you up like a toddler trying fingerpainting for the first time.
In Singapore, it’s heartening to see people from all races and all walks of life coming together, forgetting their differences and being happy to be alive. Suddenly everyone is friends with each other, awkwardness and personal spaces forgotten. Suddenly everyone collectively remembers how to dance, singing along to the latest pop hits. Suddenly everyone smiles, their troubles forgotten.
I had a massive amount of fun, bullying and teasing friends and strangers alike. Even if you accidentally get some into their eye, they cringe a little, smile and try to exact the same on you. Your inner kid bubbles to the surface, excited to be free from the chains of society and urges you to go forth and play.
And oh boy, did we play.