Holi: Festival of Colours

22 Mar

India is a place I would love to travel and explore. The whole culture is completely drenched in color, and I love color especially the vibrant and bold. To be able to attend during the celebration of Holi would be a scratch off to my bucket list. Holi is observed on the day after the last full moon of the winter month Phaalgun – twelfth month of the Hindu calendar. This year it began March 19th. This spring religious festival is primarily celebrated in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and other countries with high populations of Hindus. It represents the arrival of spring and the bright colors signify energy, life, and happiness.

This exuberant festival is associated with the immortal love of Lord Krishna and Radha, and hence, Holi is spread over 16 days in Nandgaon-Barsana-Goverdhan-Vrindavan as well as Mathura – the cities with which Lord Krishna shared a deep affiliation. Apart from the usual fun with coloured powder and water, Holi is marked by vibrant processions which are accompanied by folk songs, dances and a general sense of abandoned vitality.

There is more to the colored powder and water, and it is the togetherness or unity that comes from the celebration. It is the perfect time to forget all the differences and get involved in pure fun. There is no discrimination of cast, color, race, status or sex while one celebrates Holi in full force. I believe this should be said and lived by everyday.

It is impossible to express India’s particular beauty in black-and-white. Black-and-white might be a good medium to convey Europe’s fear and alienation, but color is natural for Indians and more appropriate for the extraordinary diversity of India. Unlike European art, Indian art did not have the tradition of independent black-and-white sketches and drawings. If any line drawings were made, they were for being filled out in color. Color is the fountain of India. Color is the basis of the entire rasa theory, that governs Indian painting, dance, music, and literature.     – Raghubir Singh

Searching for images, I came across a few photographers whose work I now admire. Click a name below for more Indian and Holi images:
Poras Chaudhary, Himanshu Khagta, Jitendra Singh, Marji Lang

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