Widows celebrate Holi, created history

Widows-celebrate-Holi,-creaHoli is a festival of colors and, according to aethiests, nothing to do with age-old traditions of Hindu society. But there has been a practice that widows should not celebrate any festivals, especially Holi- since splurge of colours would alter their attire and face. Another argument was that widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasures and hence should not celebrate Holi.
But the widows of Vrindavan, Varanasi thought otherwise. More than thousand widows broke the 400-year-old tradition and celebrated the festival within the precincts of the ancient Gopinath temple and created history.
Another tradition was broken as young Sanskrit scholars from a local Gurukul and Varanasi and pundits from the temple joined the celebrations, signifying the further social assimilation and acceptance of these widows
The women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Amidst chanting of Vedic hymns and blowing of conch shells, the widows freely used vermilion powder in the festivities and played Holi with petals of rose and marigold.

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