Written on Friday, March 18 (update at the bottom)
Today, Pari and I were immersed in the fervor and colours of our favourite festival. Holi, ofcourse!
Yes, folks, I know Holi is on Sunday but the mood and ambience over here is all set! The ‘pichkaris’ are in action, the organic colours are ready (some we’ve made and some we bought).
Ready to wish “Happy Holi” with some gorgeous handmade cards…
Pari wants to greet her teachers (there’s a PTM tomorrow) and friends with these colourful cards that she’s made by doing leaf and petal printing as well as leaf decoupage. Pretty creative, colourful and thoughtful way of celebrating Holi – the festival that rejoices brotherhood, love and peace. No?
As you can see from the pictures, we collected all the spring/summer colours in our Daisies, the Gerberas and the Dahlias.
I cut out some big and small rectangular cards (with middle fold) from chart paper. I then lay out a big smooth plate and a white-board to mix water colors (tube form) and gave her plenty of paint brushes.
After this, with a few tips and instructions, Pari was on her own.
A combination of petals and leaves printing >>>
A closer view. Overlapping brighter colours (Orange) with Lighter ones (Yellow) gives great results
A bunch of cards – some very big, some small
Decoupage with leaves and Poppy petals.
For this, we mixed water and PVA glue (fevicol) in 1:1 ratio, brushed it over the leaves and petals and let it dry. What do you think? Don’t you think these have turned out beautiful? And so organic! Once dry, there will be no trace of the whiteness of the glue. Rather, it dries to leave a glossy finish.
Thanks to the passion for writing this little girl has….
She finished off this fun project by writing Holi and thank-you messages for her teachers as well as for friends.
Considering that today was her last day in Kindergarden (she goes to Class 1 this April) and in this school as well (we are shifting to another location), I understood her feelings all too well and felt terribly sad and nostalgic in spite of the euphoric mood we started off with…
It was a really touching and poignant moment – for her as well as me. She was going to leave behind those friends with whom she’s shared the most cherished milestones of her life – the first ride together on tricycle, the first day at preschool, giggling over their dance moves, and more giggles without any rhyme or a reason, sharing girlie secrets and stories and songs, sulking after a silly fight and coming back to mamma with the sulk story, playing “doctor doctor” and “kitchen kitchen” and “boss boss"…
The magic of childhood is beyond words and the innocence – heart melting. No wonder, our eyes glow like a thousand stars when we meet childhood friends or even get a random phone call – years after we’ve grown apart due to time and distance….
But, then, such is life.
Update on Saturday, March 19
Pari with her teachers at the Parent-Teacher-Meeting, today. They were really touched with the gesture.
Finally, wishing each of you a loving, fun-filled and safe Holi, dear readers.
And, I hope you will be using natural colours too.
PS: I cannot let you go without you sharing with me your ALL-TIME FAVOURITE Holi song. (winks)
So, come on. Make this post more colourful and musical by sharing the Holi song that you love most.
To me, this is a song of joy as well as sweet sadness. The music composition by S.D Burman, the words, the voice of none other than – Lata Mangeshkar, the picturization and finally – the eternal beauty and grace of Waheeda Rehman makes this a timeless piece…
Next – your turn to take this medley forward. :)