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Enough Gray. Colors of India.

holi C

Enough gray. Here in the US, the economy looks more than gray. In Europe, I remember not seeing a blue sky for months, until depression crawled in. Isn't it time to bring some color back to life? Let's see some colors at the end of the tunnel.

Holi B

That's exactly what the people of India do every year around March. Holi, the festival of colors, celebrates the arrival of Spring. The festival of Holi actually starts the night before, with a bonfire made up of all the leaves and branches left through the winter. The fire is meant to signify the destruction of evil, and the heat is also a reminder that winter is behind and that hot summer days are ahead.

holi 5

Metaphorically, this would work for me right now in our current state of affairs. Burn the leftovers, start fresh, leave the disappointment behind and look forward to better times.

Holi K

The Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. Using the Colors of India, Holi is the festival of freedom from social norms. Colors and 'gulal' are showered on people dressed up in white clothes, and the whole community seems to merge into one big fraternity under the guise of color, without any distinction of caste, creed, color or sex.

holi G

Besides a nice Bollywood video here, I have added plenty of links about the festival, its origin, its celebration, myth and legends, how to participate, Holi songs and Holi recipes. And plenty of images here on Flickr.

holi E

'Happy Holi'. HL

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  • Jonathan Cox

    March 31, 2009

    Amen to that! I’m sick of all the negativity. And is it just me, or has the number of horror / post apocalyptic / zombie movies and videos games gone up substantially?

    Whatever happened to beautiful fantasy flicks? Whatever happened to happy endings? Sheesh.

    Great post. Let’s see some more color, people!

  • Annika Hipple

    March 30, 2009

    Wonderful photos! The top one with the many hands holding the colored powder got my attention first, but the others are fantastic, too. They really capture the feeling and spirit of Holi.

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