होली (Holi) – The Festival of Color

Since arriving in India, I had looked forward to Holi, the festival of colors. It had always seemed so far in the future, but before I knew it, Holi was upon us. On the evening of March 24th, Holika Dahan was celebrated. Large bonfires made up of loose sticks, wood and hay were constructed all over the city, including one right across the street from my house. These … Continue reading होली (Holi) – The Festival of Color

Diwali – A Festival of Lights, Fireworks, and Explosions

You could tell that Diwali was coming in the days leading up to it. Lanterns and strings of multicolored lights were hung up in the small shops on the street, ready to be taken home. Buckets of colorful sand, ranging from deep blue to blood orange, sparkled in the sunlight. They would soon be used for rangolis, works of art made from sand and painted … Continue reading Diwali – A Festival of Lights, Fireworks, and Explosions

Festival Season

September was a busy month for me, full of festivals and celebrations. On September 21st, I celebrated my birthday with my family, who introduced me to an Indian birthday tradition of smearing cake all over the face of the birthday boy. My college hosted many inter-college festivals, and I got to watch amazing dancers, singers, and musicians from all over Bombay perform. I myself took … Continue reading Festival Season