Saturday, March 15, 2014

In an outburst of freedom and a symbolic revolt against a centuries-old system that reduced Hindu widows to hapless, marginalized and generally ostracized victims, around a thousand women joined Holi festivities, playing with gulal and water colours to the accompaniment of Braj folk songs and music at the 200-year-old Meera Sahabhagini Ashram.
The event was organised by the Sulabh International which looks after those who were thrown out of their homes and are now living in ashrams in Vrindavan.
"What a sight it was to see widows in their 70s and 80s, laughing, dancing and throwing colours at everyone," said music maestro Acharya Jaimini. 
More than 500 kg of gulal and gallons of coloured water were used.
Vrindavan Holi is an effort to free widows from the shackles of an age-old pernicious tradition.

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