Visually impaired students of a residential school for blind girls and a group of nature lovers in Odisha’s Berhampur on Friday proved that love is the greatest colour with which Holi is celebrated.
Despite being unable to identify colours, the girls of the residential school, managed by the Odisha Service Centre for the Blind (OSCB), at Gosani Nuagaon celebrated Holi on their campus.
On the school campus, children used ‘gulal’ of different colours and coloured water. “Although we cannot identify colours by vision, we are able to differentiate coloured gulal from their texture and smell,” said Gita Nayak of Class IX. The children enjoyed pouring coloured water on each other the most.
A private company had also sponsored new dresses for the girls to add to their joy.
These students had not gone home for Holi holidays. “Most of them are not allowed to play Holi at home. But here, we let them enjoy the festival to make them realise that they are in no way different from others,” said OSCB secretary Bhabani Shankar Padhi.
On the other hand, activists of Berhampur Sabuja Bahini got together at the Nilakanthanagar funeral ground to play Holi with the trees saved by them through transplantation. These trees were to be cut for widening of a road in Berhampur.
BSB president Sibaram Panigrahy said that the four trees have started to show signs of revival. “We want to make people aware that we can also share our love and joy with trees that are silent but conscious living beings,” he added.