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Holi Cow, She’s Crazy

Posted in Belleville, Events, Extracurriculars, Friends, School with tags , , , , on March 2, 2010 by Jeremy

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Pooja Patel.  Her full name screams Indian.  She shares the quirks of her culture, which my friends and I found amusing, to say the least.  She’s full of surprises, from her unexpected behavior to her random trips to India.

So, imagine my surprise when I see her going up the stairs to the Stage Tech room with her hands, wet with blue paint.  I started scurrying away, towards the ladder, as she and her best friend Stephanie smeared paint all over Joe’s face.  I was high up in the ladder when they finished attacking Joe.

“We’re going to get you next, Jeremy,” Pooja said, going back down the stairs to retrieve more paint.

“Come on, Jeremy.  Stop being so boring,” Joe said.  He would.

So I came down the ladder and prepared myself for the mess, not because Joe said so.  Just because, despite my attempted escape, I really wanted to get in on the mess.

When Pooja returned with some paint, all hell broke lose.  They were putting paint on their hands, trying to get each other’s faces, necks, ears, and hair.  Yes, hair.  I think I had the most paint out of all of us, just because I didn’t have many opportunities to get some paint on my hands and wipe their faces.  That’s because throughout this colorful war, I had to do my job in Stage Tech.

So, what was going on this whole time?  Why the heck were Pooja’s hands practically drenched in paint, only to smear it on our faces?  It’s Holi, a festival mostly associated with Indians that’s celebrated around this time of the year.  I really don’t know much about it, except for what I’ve seen on TV of the actual celebration in India, in which people would splash colored powder onto other people, coating them with different colors.  In fact, Holi is also known as the “Festival of Colors.”  Although we didn’t use powder, I had fun with the paint.

I’m really glad that Pooja shared this neat tradition with me.  Maybe I should start sharing some Filipino traditions.

Festival Season

Posted in Friends, Out of Town, Stuff with tags , , , , , , on September 26, 2009 by Jeremy
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Second food post in a row. I love food.

The weather last night was perfect for a festival.  The air was very cool, prompting us to carry a light jacket or sweater.  All the fun lights that mark festivals were there, along with all the excited kids and adults who participated in the carnival games, feasted on the food, or danced to the music.

It was a nice scene, but what really did it for me were the jackets and the sweaters.  Something about people strolling in jackets always made me smile.  I think I like that sort of mellow atmosphere.  The one that seems to say, “It’s cold, but life goes on.”  The annual Italian festival didn’t exactly convey that, but it served as a reminder.

Look at it this way.  During the summer, people are free to run, but when the cold starts to creep in, people tend to slow down.  Those who don’t completely stop grab their jackets and brave the cold to go on with their lives.

Anyway, after eating the ice cream, my stomach didn’t act up.  Seems like good news.

And yes, we’re that cheap.