Friday, March 2, 2012

{Holi} Days

Oh yeah, I'm gonna ride this color train right on into the weekend.  Because weekends were made for fun and there is nothing but fun in these images.

Next Thursday, March 8,  Hindus around the world will mark the beginning of Spring with the annual Festival of Colors, also known as Holi.  Originally an event with agricultural significance, these vibrant and joyous celebrations are intended to celebrate the colors of Spring, but also have a religious significance, in that they commemorate events present in Hindu mythology.

In most areas, Holi will begin the day after the first full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna and festivities will last up to two days. During these events, participants throw fragrant colored powder and water at each other as a way of warding off Winter's gloom and welcoming the new season.  It is also a time that strict social structures that include age, sex, status and caste are loosened, closing gaps between classes and uniting Hindus together. Expected behaviors go out the window and people relish in the excitement and joy of the celebration as one.

Hindu or not, what's not to love about this?

Perhaps the most beautiful faces I've ever seen.

My first introduction to this holiday was in a blog post written back in 2009 by Jordan. She hosted a birthday party that culminated in a field where guests threw Holi colors at each other. It looked so carefree and fun to be a part of, that I swore I would replicate it someday with a few willing participants.



More images via Here and Here

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