Thursday, March 26, 2015

Holi Hai !!!

Holi is one of the major festivals of India and is the most vibrant of all. The festival is filled with so much fun and frolic that the very mention of the word 'Holi' draws smile and enthusiasm amongst the people. Children particularly enjoy this festival to drench people from far and escape further drenching.

On March 8th, we the volunteers called 'vayam redefined' at Divya Deepa Charitable Trust planned an informal event of celebrating holi at our school Kaliyuva Mane. More than 60 volunteers from different colleges in the city including Sri Jayachamaraja College of Engineering, NIE, GSSS Engineering College, Mysore Medical College, Acharya institute of technology - bengaluru, P.E.S college of engineering – Mandya, Acharya institute of technology, etc turned out to celebrate the festival of colours with the children.

Celebrations began in the school playground. The volunteers arrived in the school bus just to get hit by the water missiles on the very first foot set on the ground. We then spent the next 3 hrs smearing each other with colours. Black, red, pink, yellow, blue etc all coloured fancy faces were like the theme for the day. Then the fun took a leap forward with the throw of water filled balloons; just to start with. It eventually turned out to be the fall of water filled buckets.

As the colours seem to end, we danced to the loud beats of music. Dancing with kids gives the joy of freedom, takes all the shyness away cause the kids challenge you with that very notion of "do you think you can dance even though your this bad?” We danced all the way long from Naagin dance to the very Lungi dance.

After long tiring period we nourished ourselves with sweet dishes gilebi and samosa on the menu. We were much interested in others portion of it rather than our own. This festival very much brings us in blend with the kids, eventually becoming one.

Festivals like holi not only bond us with the school children but also with volunteers from various places. This is how new friend requests are sent and received for ones benefit in education, progress of Kaliyuva Mane as well as other extracurricular activities.

At the end it was a day of fun, joy and celebrations. A day with the school kids is all you need to get a break from this unhealthy schedule of the society. We all volunteers bid farewell just for the day, and left with the joy and content that a child's smile gives one.

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