Holi Colors of a Woman’s Life
- IWB Post
- March 7, 2015
How was your Holi? We had a blast with family and friends and while putting various colors on each other’s faces, we thought of jotting down this blog. These colors of Holi represent happiness and togetherness, but like a coin, they too have their other side.
As Jaipur Women Blog, we really want to express our thoughts on colors from the perspective of a woman. Let us see how this other side of colors plays a crucial role in the lives of women around the globe:
RED – The fiercest color that also represents happiness turned into sorrow for Avijit Roy’s wife Rafida Ahmed Banna when her husband was killed in Bangladesh. This American blogger of Bangladeshi origin was known for his critique of religious extremism.
BLUE – Of course, our eyes were popped out when we saw starlet Sofia Hayat’s Holi pictures. The girl in her blue bikini is covered with gulaal looking every bit of sexy. She succeeded getting the attention of boys. After all, she is in blue – the men’s color, silly. (Let’s not get started with gender stereotyping already)
GREEN – TV personality Giuliana Rancic made racist comments during Oscar 2015 party on Columbian actress Zendaya. She said her hair smelled like weed. We guess Giuliana was dipped in the color of jealously, dark green, after seeing Zendaya’s beautiful natural locks.
YELLOW – Actress Patricia Arquette became vocal about equal pay at the Oscars 2015. She said: “To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s time to have wage equality once and for all.” Her words feel like spring – yellow sunshine and happy yellow fields.
BLACK: Closer home, the recent documentary featuring one of Nirbhaya’s rape accused has put all of us in shame when he said ‘it was her mistake’. Guess what, he is still smiling and is proud of his act. Dear Justice Lady, being blindfolded does make your world a lot dark. Doesn’t it?
And our special focus is on the Vrindavan widows who were abandoned by their families and sidelined by the society just because their husbands had died. They are not supposed to celebrate any festival, especially Holi where colors can abolish the white hue they wear as a symbol of widowhood.
But this year, they celebrated a 3-day long Holi festival organized by an NGO. They colored each other with 1,000kg ‘gulal’ (coloured powder) and 1500 kgs of rose and marigold petals, while singing sanctified songs. One of them said, “We are expected to give up on all earthly desires and just wait for death. However, this celebration is giving me hope.” Another 40 yr old widow said, “ I’m the happiest when I see colours and I want to keep celebrating this wonderful festival as long as I am alive.”
Can you feel them? It brings a smile on our face imagining their joy after so many years.