By Dherminder Balach 

As the festivity of Holi is about to kick off, I made an attempt to capture some of the moments leading to the event of colours. Being part of Hindu community, I had the privilege to gain access to the small yet vibrant Hindu community living in the Cholistan. As most people are gearing up to have a blast with colours across the country, some are busy in the Cholistan desert playing with colours but in a different style. Here is a look at their creative patterns making the most of the magic of colours:

 

This is called Rangoli which is designed in the courtyard of the house.

 

Different patterns serve as decoration of the house on the occasion of Holi.

 

Tapping of sticks creates its own sound effect which is known as dandiya in the local tradition.

 

Holi formally begins when the pitcher is broken to start the day as it is said to be a good omen.

 

Mostly, women do the creative work of Rangoli at homes while men perform other rituals outside home.

 

Holika bonfire is the place where people gather and perform rituals. The fire burnt on the eve of Holi symbolizes the burning of Holika–the devil according to Hindu mythology.

 

The patterns are created on the floor using a variety of material such as coloured rice, dry flour, coloured sand and flower petals.

 

Rangoli is also thought to bring good luck according to Hinduism.

 

On the eve of Holi, dandiya is performed which is a part of Hindu rituals.

 

Rangoli is part and parcel of not just Holi but of other major festivals related to Hinduism.

 

Rangoli is an art that was performed even before sculpture and painting came. Thanks to Hinduism.

Dherminder Balach is working with PakVoices as a citizen journalist from Rahim Yar Khan.

All Photos by the author.

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