Sunday, March 28, 2010

Happy HoLi !

Holli, also called the Festival of Colors, is a spring festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and others. Holi is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna (February/March), (Phalgun Purnima), which usually falls in the later part of February or March. Bonfires are lit the day before, also known as Holika Dahan (burning of Holika) or Chhoti Holi (little Holi). The bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlad accomplished when Demoness Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but Prahlad, a staunch devotee of god Vishnu, escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable devotion.

The main day, HoLi, is celebrated by people throwing coloured powder and coloured water at each other.

People celebrate it in their own homes (compounds). Like this family - and the one i crashed!

The kids filling their super soakers with water and colour!

They were nice enough to pose for the camera.

People celebrate it on the streets!

Or get soaked on the bike!

Purple seems to be in!

OR - Celebrate it at a "Rave" party - music pumping..water sprinklers and the hot sun!

People rinsing off - (the colour stays on by the way - you need coconut oil to take it off)

More partying!

The line to get in!

These Kids were awesome!

This man had too much green in his powder!

Another party!


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