Should the idea of Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond be followed, in future years we could be celebrating Holi (Festival of Colours) in a much bigger way, by singing and dancing in the streets of downtown.
Bond was a guest at the Happy Holi celebrations hosted by the Prince George Hindu Society Saturday at the Day’s Inn.
She told guests that in her research of the festival, she found out that Holi is about putting negative things behind you, forgiving others and moving forward. She suggested that “the city, the province – the whole world” could stand to use this sentiments of the festival (with its meaning) and usher in the celebration by “bringing the colour, music and dancing into the streets.”
Her suggestion was met with applause from the audience.
Holi is a spring festival which began as an ancient Hindu religious festival. Baljit Sethi, executive director of Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society, was on hand Saturday to explain how the traditional Holi was celebrated when she was a child growing up in her native India. They had fun, she said, noting that kind of mischief would be frowned upon today.
“In India I remember we had a big bucket of colours and we would go over to our friends’ houses and they would run away and hide – but we would find them and then put all the colours on them. Then they would come and join us in our singing and dancing.”
Traditionally, the festival continued for a few days, said Sethi.
The vibrant colours are meant to signify the coming of spring but even more importantly perhaps, the festival is one of friendship, love and forgiveness, she said, adding that Holi is an opportunity for people to set aside their differences.