18.03. - 30.03.2019
One of the major festivals of India, Holi is
celebrated with enthusiasm and gaiety on the full moon
day in the month of Phalgun which is the month of
March as per the Gregorian calendar. Holi is also called
the Spring Festival - as it marks the arrival of spring the
season of hope and joy.
Entire country wears a festive
look when it is time for Holi celebration. This year,
main Holi festival (playing with colours) falls on 21st
March 2019. Market places get abuzz with activity as
frenzied shoppers start making preparations for the
festival. Heaps of various hues of colors can be seen on
the roadside days before the festival. Womenfolk cook
loads of sweet dishes for the family and also for the
relatives. A Hindu festival, Holi has various legends
associated with it. The foremost is the legend of demon
King Hiranyakashyap who demanded everybody in his
kingdom to worship him but his pious son, Prahlad
became a devotee of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap
wanted his son to be killed. He asked his sister Holika to
enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap as Holika had
a boon which made her immune to fire. Story goes that
Prahlad was saved by lord himself for his extreme
devotion and evil minded Holika was burnt to ashes, for
her boon worked only when she entered the fire alone.
Since that time, people light a bonfire at important
crossroads, called Holika on the eve of Holi festival and
celebrate the victory of good over evil.
The Holi festival celebrates the onset of spring and
renewal. Coming forth with the full flush of life, the
invigorating air of Holi festivities spreads into the lives of
people throughout the year.
After a fun-filled and exciting day, the evenings the
spent in sobriety when people meet friends and relatives
and exchange sweets and festive greetings. It is said the
spirit of Holi encourages the feeling of brotherhood in
society and even the enemies turn friend on this day.
People of all communities and even religions participate
in this joyous and colourful festival.
Along with festival celebrations, volunteers will have
time to spend 3 days on the community development
projects for their personal development.
Self organized city tours and excursions.
Old Sikh and Hindu temples in the near vicinity can be
visited. Nearby Kasauli town is another hill station as a
tourist attraction. A visit to Shimla will offer an
opportunity to see high Himalayan Mountains.
Volunteers will live under simple
conditions and share accommodation with other
volunteers. English WC will be available. Vegetarian
food will be served. Sleeping bags are also necessary.
Adresa: Ruchi campus, Bandh village, India
Letisko: New Delhi (320 Kms); Domestic Terminal: Chandigarh (70 kms), Autobusová/Vlaková zastávka: Kalka (30 kms)
GPS: 26.3606964, 76.3541913
The project site is Ruchi campus located near
Bandh village (1 km) in Solan district. It is 30 km from
Kalka and 60 km from Chandigarh. The village is small
with 35 families.
Extra participation fee 220.0 EUR
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