India is a land of fables and tales from all walks of life. Indian culture rests on the belief “Satyameva Jayate” meaning “in the end only the truth prevails”. Holi earmarks the victory of truth over evil tracing its origins to the story of Lord Vishnu’s devotee, Prahlad and his paternal aunt Holika who got burnt while sitting in the funeral fire in spite of having a boon to be untouched by fire.
Holi is a celebration of colors. Generously dousing themselves and others in colored powder, people celebrate it to welcome spring and show thanks for good harvests. It is celebrated on the last full moon in February or March especially in the north, west and eastern parts of the country.
Students and staff members at Rai University celebrated ‘Tilak Holi’ and applied gentle colors and tilak to each other. They spent the day smearing colored powder all over each other’s faces, throwing colored water at each other. There was also an arrangement of music and hindi songs to which all danced merrily and gracefully. This event truly showed the warm heartedness and broad frame of mind amongst all present at the function and displayed a positive bond of acceptance, love and kindness which is a natural way of life at Rai University, Ahmedabad.