Thursday, March 4, 2010

holi

One of my most vivid memories of when I lived in Nepal is the festival of Holi.

Holi is a festival of colors, a celebration of the triumph of good over evil and the beginning of spring. (I really like the idea that the coming of spring is seen as the triumph of good over evil, don't you?)

Children and adults alike smear themselves with colors and run through the streets throwing colored powder and water on friends, neighbors and strangers with such mischievous joy.

These amazing photos of this year's Holi on March 1st, from The Big Picture, took me back.

17 comments:

tanvi @ now craving said...

Oh man, I haven't played holi since I was a kid- these photos take me back as well!

Hollie said...

how neat!

Brandi said...

Holi is such a beautiful festival. I was really excited when I found out that a group at my school has a Holi celebration -- I can't wait to check it out.

pen.ny said...

These photos are beautiful! I once saw this on The Amazing Race (should I be embarrassed that's where I first learned about it?) and it was like nothing I'd ever seen before! Amazing.

Jaime said...

That's amazing- what an experience you must've had!

elledee said...

gorgeous! so much fun!

Jayne said...

Wow, looks just incredible. I love that Spring marks the triumph of good over evil.

Kimbirdy said...

I've always wanted to be a part of this festival! And I've always wanted to visit Nepal... how cool that you used to live there!

Dancing Branflake said...

That sounds amazing! What a fun tradition, deep rooted, and meant for total celebration. I love it!

Kirby said...

This is Amazing! what a happy celebration!

Angie Muresan said...

Oh God! What fun you must have had. The photos are stunning!

Kristin said...

Oh my goodness. What fun that looks like!

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Wow! Amazing. What are the "colors"?

Elie's Papel said...

i've seen this before... so much fun! have a nice one!

Shannon of ** Happiness Is...** said...

I really want to do this! :)

La Feem said...

These are incredible, I'm even more excited for spring and might have to wear very bright colors & make up on the first day and dance in the street! America needs such a celebration.....

Des said...

Wow, this looks so cool. Thanks for sharing these great photographs.