Last Monday (March 1st), people in India and other countries with large Hindu populations celebrated Holi, the Festival of Colours. A welcoming of Spring, Holi is celebrated as the triumph of good over evil. Hindu devotees and others enthusiastically drop their inhibitions, and chase each other in temples and through the streets, playfully splashing colourful paint, powder and water on each other. People also attend bonfires to commemorate the story of Prahlada, a Hindu figure and devout follower of Lord Vishnu who prevailed over his father and the demoness Holika with the power of his devotion. The Big Picture collected a handful of images from this year’s Festival.
 Boys pour coloured water on each other during Holi in Allahabad, India


15 thoughts on “Holi”

  1. i hate the word still i will use it: Awesome
    seems like a great party and some great pictures
    loving it

  2. I’ve always wanted to open an Arby’s in New Dehli, or a Honey Baked Ham store in Jerusalem.

        1. that was my point. because christians use their religion just as an excuse to attack stuff they dislike (like homosexuality) but not stuff they like (like seafood) even though both is a sin according to the bible.

          and your comments are always filled with hate, intolerance and disgusting far-right conservatism. it’s a mystery to me how you can be gay without realising that you’re arguing for your worst enemies.

    1. I doubt you’d encounter many more problems than if you opened a restaurant in the USA selling dog meat (as the Koreans sometimes do), whale meat (as the Japanese sometimes do), or horse meat (as the French sometimes, apparently, do.) Although I love such culinary discussions, I don’t really see what it has to do with the article on which you’re commenting.

  3. wow after looking at those photos i just have to comment again!

    We should all be living like that! God they know how to do it!

  4. What an incredible demonstration of communal healthy spiritedness. You’ve gotta hand it to the Hindu’s. They’ve got outstanding ways of cultural preservation nowadays. Encouraging.

  5. This shows there is no predudice in the colourfull responce to all the participants of the wonderfull holi-celebrations may they contiue everywhere and may more people get involved.

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