About the volunteer workWork: One of the major festivals of India, Holi is celebrated with enthusiasm and gaiety on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun which is the month of March as per the Gregorian calendar. Holi is also called the Spring Festival - as it marks the arrival of spring the season of hope and joy. Entire country wears a festive look when it is time for Holi celebration. This year, main Holi festival (playing with colours) falls on 2nd March 2018. This is only a week long camp. Market places get abuzz with activity as frenzied shoppers start making preparations for the festival. Heaps of various hues of colors can be seen on the roadside days before the festival. Womenfolk cook loads of sweet dishes for the family and also for the relatives. -- A Hindu festival, Holi has various legends associated with it. The foremost is the legend of demon King Hiranyakashyap who demanded everybody in his kingdom to worship him but his pious son, Prahlad became a devotee of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap wanted his son to be killed. He asked his sister Holika to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap as Holika had a boon which made her immune to fire. Story goes that Prahlad was saved by lord himself for his extreme devotion and evil minded Holika was burnt to ashes, for her boon worked only when she entered the fire alone. Since that time, people light a bonfire at important crossroads, called Holika on the eve of Holi festival and celebrate the victory of good over evil. After a fun-filled and exciting day, the evenings is spent in sobriety when people meet friends and relatives and exchange sweets and festive greetings. It is said the spirit of Holi encourages the feeling of brotherhood in society and even the enemies turn friend on this day. People of all communities and even religions participate in this joyous and colourful festival. Along with festival celebrations, volunteers will have time to spend 3 days on the community development projects for their personal development.
Local accommodationVolunteers will live under simple conditions and share accommodation with other volunteers. English WC will be available. . Sleeping bags are also necessary..
Special info about the food
indian food, usually vegetarian food
About the project locationThe project site is Ruchi campus located near Bandh village (1 km) in Solan district. It is 30 km from Kalka and 60 km from Chandigarh. The village is small with 35 families.
Extra info about the projectExtra fee to pay on arrival at the camp : 200 €