Holi in Karachi – Video

Guest Blogged by a Azfar Rizvi (ex-KMB Author)

Holi – the festival of colors – is undoubtedly the most fun-filled and boisterous of Hindu festival. An occasion that brings in unadulterated joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance… it also provides lots of bright colors to make a festive graffiti on every heart …

In 2007, Holi was celebrated on March 3rd, the burning of Holika will be on March 4th, and then Dhuleti on March 5th.

A little background would garnish the video . So to speak

Holi is an annual and popular Hindu spring festival. It takes place over two days in the later part of
February or early March. As per the Hindu calendar, it falls on the Phalgun Purnima (or Pooranmashi, Full Moon). It is also called the Festival of Colours. In West Bengal, it is known as Dolyatra (Doljatra) or
Boshonto Utshob (“spring festival”).

Some of the best Holi celebrations are said to happen in Punjab, where Hindus and Sikhs celebrate together. This celebration in Punjab typically involves Dholi’s and other musical instruments as kids and adults celebrate.

I happened to ‘Holi’ this year . We started with Rung and then went on the floor. Feast away … remember to scoop the little kid on the floor .

18 Comments so far

  1. mansoor (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 3:33 pm

    if i’m not mistaken, this is the holi party at the peoples hipodrome in clifton right?

    man! wish i was there! seems like they rocked!

    azfar!good video

  2. Tamed~. (unregistered) on March 6th, 2007 @ 4:39 am

    And again all this is happening in Islamic republic of Pakistan.

    It seems that Karachites do not want to miss
    any opportunity to have booz & Rock n roll.

    Changing values, Indeed.

    And few of us always argue that Mullahs & MMA are silly.

    To hell with all those so called muslims who were there.

  3. MB (unregistered) on March 6th, 2007 @ 9:24 am

    whats the difference between HOLI by Hindus & by Sikhs ? If there is any.

    Any idea guys ?

  4. Rizvi (unregistered) on March 6th, 2007 @ 12:31 pm

    One can argue about the whole Islamic Republic Of Pakistan syndrome . Today some argue about a innocent bunch of people throwing color at each other , tomorrow they would argue about the existence of such people altogether . Whatever happened to “free to go to your temples … or other places of worship … ” by Mr Jinnah . In retrospect this is what happened when billboards we thrashed and defaced in the country by a group of people a while ago . If we dont make an effort to accept people , then we might aswell let Bush bomb us back to the middle ages … eh .. that would be better … Oh wait .. NO clothes back then aswell ….NOW what …

  5. BoZz (unregistered) on March 6th, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

    Like an oscillating pendulum we keep going back and forth…never finding a place to call home.

    Good point Rizvi. Incidentally we will not require Bush’s help to destroy us, we are very capable to taking care of that ourselves.

  6. Keep Walking! (unregistered) on March 6th, 2007 @ 1:36 pm

    chutiyapa! absolute nonsense.

  7. Tamed~. (unregistered) on March 6th, 2007 @ 5:50 pm

    @ Rizvi.

    We have accepted all those people you are talking about.

    They are with us in every aspect of life.

    Look at that; ‘innocent group of people throwing colors at each other’. I would not had made any hues or cries if they were they only one doing that. I believe Mr. Jinnah did not want muslims to play Holi, basant or deewali.

    Don’t you worry they are free to go to their temples even today.

    Think about, Bush is planning about invading Iran, after crushing Iraq & Afghanistan & we the innocent ones are playing holi just because we can’t miss a chance of having ‘fun’.

    Enlightened moderation or something??

    Are there any limits to this moderation??

    And you tell me what is this Islamic Republic syndrome? any idea, just tell me looser?
    Majority of people in this country are not mullahs, fanatics or extremist, they are very normal people, & yet they do not approve our participation in such activities , do they all suffer from the syndrome you are talking about?

  8. BoZz (unregistered) on March 6th, 2007 @ 8:54 pm

    @TAMED – In case you failed to notice most of our traditions are Hindu based. Reflect instead of being emotionally crushed.

  9. Tamed~. (unregistered) on March 6th, 2007 @ 10:34 pm


    and which of these traditions are?

  10. SELF (unregistered) on March 7th, 2007 @ 1:24 pm

    Tamed~, for people like you there is Arabian Sea. Were you complaining when Mullahs were blowing innocent people? …they still do. Which is the greater sin..to kill innocent people or throw some colour over someone? ….hypocrite.

    People like you see the end of Mullaism in religious freedom hence the commotion.

  11. BoZz (unregistered) on March 7th, 2007 @ 2:14 pm

    @TAMED – If you are unaware of them, ask your parents if they wish to divulge. One example is the whole marriage thing.

    But you were right when you said “Majority of people in this country are not mullahs, fanatics or extremist”. That is absolutely true.

    However majority of people in this country are illiterate. And I hope you know that what goes hand in hand with being uneducated? Logic, common sense, decency, rationality are to be found on the opposing bench.

    Forget not, you can fill empty containers, spaces void with anything you like without much resistance!

  12. Tamed~. (unregistered) on March 7th, 2007 @ 10:34 pm

    @ Self,

    Too early to say who is going to Arabian Sea..

    Let me tell you something thing which you may already know, to kill a human being is a Sin, not approved by any religion. No one allows the Mullahs or Amreekans to kill others.

    Perhaps I did mention that majority of commons in this country are non-fanatics, non-extremist normal human beings & all they want is to live their lives according to their customs, traditions & religious boundries.

    It is just the minority of people like you who want to cross all the boundries for the sake of having some ‘fun’ by throwing colours or champagne or whatever the liquid of their choice/availability.

    ‘People like you see the end of Mullaism in religious freedom hence the commotion’.

    When did I say anything about religious freedom??

  13. Tamed~. (unregistered) on March 7th, 2007 @ 10:53 pm

    @ Bozz,

    Bhai, if you mean to say mehndis & ubtans then probably you are confusing between traditions & religion.

    As far as I know there is nothing else u can
    relate in common between the two.

    I do agree with you that illetracy is the mother of all problems, but being educated does not always translate into the qualities you mentioned above, otherwise our ‘Graduate national assembly’
    would have sorted out all our problems which we are facing for last 60 years.

  14. ash (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 6:28 am

    why must another persons religious festival have to be denounced? We have been muslim forever they have been hindu forever no festival will convert anyone – but it may lead to more goodwill which is a great thing.
    Bush is irrelevant here. He isnt celebrating holy unless the video is edited.

  15. Rizvi (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 10:13 am

    For some reason , TAMED doesnt seem tamed :) .

    The herald of Spring as with all climatic shifts can have insidious effects on ones health . Let me give you another ‘scientific’ reason into why ‘Holi’ may just not be ‘Holy’ but has been proven to have a miraculous effect on health .” … the colours used to celebrate Holi, come from the flowers of trees that blossomed during spring, such as the Indian Coral Tree and the Flame of the Forest, both of which have bright red flowers. These and several other blossoms provide the raw material from which the brilliant shades of Holi colours are made. Most of these trees also have medicinal properties and are beneficial to the skin.” yada yada . so be Tamed !

  16. BoZz (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 2:02 pm

    @TAMED – The word Education is not confined to only the formal education that we receive in school.

    As for the graduates that we have in our government, with bought degrees or otherwise are not worth more than the paper that their degrees are printed on.

    Education is a life long process where we learn from our experiences, home, media, friends, family etc.

    Education is about continuously improving and learning – hardly applicable to our attitudes and us here.

  17. Foize (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

    @ BOZZ….well said dude….degrees are not the only reflection of our being educated or not..

  18. Tamed~. (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 10:37 pm

    @ASH: I never tried to denounce anyones else religion.

    They are free to practice their faith.

    Goodwill is great, but are we the only one in the world to display good will gestures?

    @Rizvi: Tamaed has been ‘Tamed~’ even before KMB was created.

    & yes there are medicinal uses even of C2H 5OH,
    so why not legalize the free sale?

    Just by chance I am a medic of 10 year standing now, so don’t teach your granny how to..

    @ Bozz:

    Sensible, education is something different from illetracy. Fully agreed.

    Thank you guys for taking interest in reading my comments. I think I have said enough, if I have failed to emphasize what my stand was on celebrating holy by muslims, then I think I have wasted my time ( & yours as well).

    I kept telling every one that I dont have any objections on religious freedom or Hindu baradri.

    These were my last comments/replies on this post.

    Signing off now.

    Thanks & regards.


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