If there ever was a town that took the cycle of seasons seriously, it would have to be Santiniketan. If there ever was a town that belived in celebrating change, in celebrating the arrival of a new season, it would have to be Santiniketan. And if there ever was a town that would welcome guests with open arms during such festivals, well, it would have to be Santiniketan.
In many places in the eastern part of the country, Holi- the festival of colours- is referred to as Dol. The festival generally celebrates the arrival of spring, when the world is said to shed the stupor of winter and be renewed. Spring is the symbol of youth, it is the symbol of rejuvenation. Santiniketan celebrates the arrival of Spring with a festival that it calls Basanta Utsav- translated as the Spring Festival. On the day that Holi is supposed to be celebrated, a procession of the students of Santiniketan roams the streets early in the morning, singing songs to rouse those who are still in bed, announcing the arrival of Spring. The rest of the day is also spent in song and dance, and of course playing with colours. The ashram area is doused in abir or gulal- the powdered colours with which dol is celebrated.
The riot of colours is sure to liven up anyone's day.