Holi, The Festival of Colors

Holi has brought me back to India. We experienced the Festival of Colors in the ancient Vrindavan temple near the city of Mathura. I am happy to say the cameras survived, covered in rain guards.

Celebrated all over India since ancient times, Holi is an annual festival which takes place on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna. Originally Holi was an agricultural festival celebrating the arrival of spring. In keeping with this tradition people now choose to celebrate the occasion by throwing brightly colored spices or herbal powders into the air. Symbolically they are ridding the gloom of winter and rejoicing in the colors and liveliness of spring.

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Holi is Today

The wildly colorful festival, called Holi, takes place across Hindu nations at Winter’s end. It is wonderfully chaotic, a time when people cut loose and celebrate the coming of Spring. On the actual day of Holi, celebrants douse each other with brightly colored paints and powders and forget all inhibitions.

Holi Spring Festival – Images by Art Wolfe

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