Holi morning was spent with the girls at Lula Bari as our friend Caroline de Penning came and brought gifts for the girls and organic paint from FabIndia and water pistols. Everyone was covered in colour by the end of the morning - take a look!
Raksha Bandhan is a festival celebrated throughout India on a full moon day when traditionally a sister ties a Rakhi on her brother's wrist. According to Wikipedia:
The festival celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters. It is also popularly used to celebrate any brother-sister relationship between men and women who may or may not be biologically related.
Pappu Mishra, Somnath Sardar and David took Sunil to Lula Bari in the afternoon where the girls had all made threads for the boys in shuktara.
Sunil was the centre of attention and each girl put a Rakhi on his wrist as well as on Pappu, Somnath and David.
Because this is shuktara where equality rules Somnath and Pappu also tied threads for each of the girls!
Independence Day, celebrated on August 15th, is always a cause for celebration at shuktara. The Indian flag is raised on the roof of both the boys and the girls homes.
Saluting the flag is not only a serious occasion for the girls at Lula Bari - it's also a time for some fun. Here are some photos of Muniya and Tamina enjoying their Independence Day celebration.
According to Wikipedia:
"Holi (होली) is a colourful and happy Hindu holiday celebrated primarily in India on the last full moon of the lunar month of Phalguna at the end of the winter season. It falls in either late February or early March. It is also known as the Festival of Colours."
At shuktara Holi has a long history - every year everyone at shuktara throws coloured powder and liquid colour in bright, vibrant hues at each other, the staff and friends who come by. For days afterward the colour is still visible on faces, hands, and clothes as it slowly fades. Holi is a wonderful holiday, one that everyone participates in and completely enjoys.