In America, we are most familiar with the Spring celebrations of Easter and Passover, but nearly every religion and every culture has their celebration of the season of renewal.

Each Beekman 1802 Trip of a Lifetime is based on 6 talisman:  master, meander, taste, treat, give and grow.

The recent trip to India was scheduled to center around the Hindu celebration of Holi.

Holi (also called Holaka or Phagwa) is an annual festival celebrated on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna (early March). It celebrates Spring, commemorates various events in Hindu mythology and is time of disregarding social norms and indulging in general merrymaking.

Celebrated all over India since ancient times, originally, Holi was an agricultural festival celebrating the arrival of spring (similar to our Garden Party Festival in Sharon Springs which happens every Memorial Day Weekend.)

This aspect still plays a significant part in the festival in the form of the colored powders: Holi is a time when man and nature alike throw off the gloom of winter and rejoice in the colors and liveliness of spring.

Our group got to celebrate Holi with a royal family in India whose home served as the setting for the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Having experienced Holi, we can say that there’s really no holiday in North America that comes anywhere close to replicating the unbridled joy that comes from the “festival of colors”.  Smiles are contagious.

 

 

You could participate in Holi when the Trip of a Lifetime returns to India in 2019.  Click here for the details!

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