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Monday, March 9, 2009

Let the colors of Holi spread the message of peace and happiness.

Mohe Rang de:What’s the most unholy place to play Holi – kichad, mitti, bhang, the works? Campus

Holi re!: Some traditions can sure be weird. Whoever heard of a baraat minus an actual marriage ceremony, or a mud bath to celebrate the festival of colours? But it all happens in our very own Delhi, the occasion being Holi. And the proud keepers of the traditions are none other than the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and St Stephen’s College.
Holi hai!:The revelry at JNU kicks off the evening before Holi with a wedding baraat. In the two-decade-old custom, nobody actually gets married but that does not stop it from being a fun-filled affair. The celebration has a name — Chaat Sammelan — complete with a Chaat King.
Sprinkle of spring: May you have the most blessed holi festival than you ever had.The sammelan, attended by more than 1,000 students, faculty members and alumni, is one of the two main functions celebrated at JNU. ‘‘Preparations for this grand sammelan start a week in advance.
Lets change colors for a day : And it is like any other Hindu wedding. Taapti hostel is the groom’s side and Jhelum hostel is bride’s
side. The baraat starts from Taapti after a tilak ceremony by the warden’s wife and the groom, who is selected unanimously, is dressed in weird attire and rides a donkey till the wedding venue. A gulal shop in the heart of city :The previous year’s Chaat King officiates as his ‘‘father’’ and the one of the year before is the groom’s ‘‘grandfather’’. And they all reach the venue on their respective donkeys. The ‘‘baraatis’’ dance, sing and play with colour as the procession progresses towards the venue where the warden of Jhelum hostel greets the bridegroom. What follows is a series of dance performances, poetry sessions, etc
A kid checks his 'weapons' for the festival of colors.
Gujiya-A traditional Indian holi food being prepared in a road side hotel in Patel Nagar, west Delhi .
The most interesting part is the memorial awards, which are named after living people. For example, there is a Dr Karan Singh memorial award, named after the university’s very-muchalive chancellor. The idea is not to run down people, but to have some fun. At St Stephen’s College, the revelry takes the form of mayhem in a ‘‘mud bath’’. Students dig a pit and fill it with colours and water. And everybody has to take a dip in it. ‘‘From the principal to professors to students, everybody is pushed into this pit. Third year students organize it,’’ said Aarushi Bhargava, a final year student.


Rohit Sharma March 9, 2009 at 8:09 PM  

the mouth watering Gujiya...Yummy!!

Ashok March 9, 2009 at 8:16 PM  

nice clicks....blog looks in good festive mood

Dr. Palki Vajpayee March 9, 2009 at 8:19 PM  

kids r most xcited ...its difficult to move out wid water filled rockets dropping 4m roof tops...but i love holi

Dr.Nishi Chauhan March 9, 2009 at 8:20 PM  

now then ..how bout me...m missing home

R. Ramesh March 9, 2009 at 10:15 PM  

Holi time...wowww..missing all the fun...of mumbai and baang and colours..anyway..enjoy folks...

namaki March 9, 2009 at 10:39 PM  

colours ! colours I love colours !!!

Anonymous,  March 9, 2009 at 11:42 PM  

Happy Holi!!!!!!

Patty March 9, 2009 at 11:47 PM  

What a beautiful, colorful photo at the top. The third photo looks like something we call fried pies. It's a pastry with a little fruit inside, it's deep fried and usually served with a little sugar sprinkled over it.

Anonymous,  March 9, 2009 at 11:51 PM  

आप सभीको होली की शुभकामनाएं!

joo March 10, 2009 at 2:12 AM  

colours are amazing so bright and vivid. Lovely blog

David O. Brink March 10, 2009 at 4:49 AM  

lovely festival it appears to be..excellent work

Syaa_Fiqq March 10, 2009 at 6:24 AM  

Wow, that was colorful! The food look like what we called "Karipap" in our home town. Delicious..

Maya March 10, 2009 at 6:32 AM  

Oh, I love the bright colors. I would be thrilled to go to a shop like this!

R. Ramesh March 10, 2009 at 12:40 PM  

Avinasshhh..thy name is motivation, boss..dunno how to thank u for standing by all of us amateur bloggers like me...how how how do u manage so much??? anyway lemme not praise u too much..nazar lag jayega...convey wishes to yr team tooo...

Dr. Aradhna March 10, 2009 at 3:33 PM  

nice colorful post...happy holi 2 all

Dr.Bhawna March 10, 2009 at 6:12 PM  

Nice Post........Happy holi...

Mehnaaz March 10, 2009 at 7:50 PM  

wishing happy holi 2 every1

nituscorner March 10, 2009 at 8:34 PM  

wishing the whole group of friends here a very happy and a colourful holi.

Radhika March 10, 2009 at 9:12 PM  

wishing every1 a very happy holi

Ruchi March 10, 2009 at 9:38 PM  

wishing all a very happy holi

Anita March 10, 2009 at 10:16 PM  

nice colorful post...wishing all here happy holi

Ritika Pandey March 10, 2009 at 10:24 PM  

happy holi avinash n to all members

Shilpi March 11, 2009 at 7:55 AM  

lovely colorful post...happy holi 2 all

Ria March 11, 2009 at 2:05 PM  

wishing everyone a very happy holi

Shweta Saxena March 11, 2009 at 6:05 PM  

lovely post
wishing every1 a very happy holi

R. Ramesh March 11, 2009 at 7:07 PM  

colourful celebrations indeed...thanks for the post..

Patricia Torres March 11, 2009 at 10:08 PM  

Happy Holi to you all!!! Lovely caputures.. and lovely blog.

magiceye March 12, 2009 at 10:54 AM  

lovely celebratory holi images! great captures!

Radhika March 12, 2009 at 10:58 AM  

beautiful post
Excellent Blog..good work
happy holi to all

Anonymous,  March 12, 2009 at 6:12 PM  

Phantastic !!!

J.C. March 12, 2009 at 8:23 PM  

I have seen some photos of Holi in Bangalore Daily Photo and read about it in the novel 'A Suitable Boy' by Vikram Seth.

Holi festival seems full of fun and joy! I wish I were in India too! Will try to make sure my future visit to India coincide with this celebration.

Happy Holi!

Patty March 12, 2009 at 10:57 PM  

I see you have added more photos since I was here earlier. So now the picture I was talking about is picture number 6 and the fried pies is number 8.

Also the sprinkling of water, looks to me like the other person got a face full of water from a hose.

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