When canons were let loose, liquefied substance filled in canisters cascaded down, and the powder set off an explosion on Thursday morning, the city unleashed its colourful instinct. And within a fraction of second the virus of Holi fever spread with people from different echelons of society surging forward and making a splash of happiness and merriment.
Many flied off tangent; some pranced around while a few geared up for a big bash as the comrades of Sindhi Panchayat Association, Gujurati Samaj and Jaipur Samaj embarked on a colour-dabbing spree at Ramachandrapuram, Sastri Road. Exchange of wish and sweets coupled with song competition and cracking of jokes whipped up euphoria.
“This is the time when rivals and competitors sink their differences and embrace each other leave alone friends and relatives. Though the origination of Holi traces back to some places in north India, this is a century-old practice in Tiruchi,” says Ramesh Khanna, president, Sindhi Panchayat Association, and the organiser of the event.
Nearly, 150 to 170 members belonging to over 50 families grabbed their share of celebration. This large congregation strived hard not to dissipate the excitement despite the commencement of public exams and Thursday not being a holiday. The largest beneficiaries are the women and children who got a break from their treadmill of daily chores.
The star attraction of the event was the Tamil dish. “We use to stick to our food habit every day. But on this auspicious occasion there has to be something different to jazz up the experience and make it special. The relish of the Tamil food is palpable on every face,” said, Deepak Shah, president, Gujurati Samaj. After a tireless enjoyment for hours, the members of associations slowly turned their heels towards home, and began preparation for a delicious and cultural evening at Jaipur Bhavan. Similarly, over 150 members belonging to associations such as Odia Samaj and Bengali association celebrated the spring festival at Kailaspuram Club, BHEL. A.V. Krishnan, Executive Director, BHEL, lit the traditional fire. President of Kailaspuram Club, and General Manager, BHEL, K. Ramachandran, Aswini Kumar Panda, secretary, Odia Samaj, were present.