India Dreaming. . . . . . Holi

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12:46 AM EST MAR 24, 2016  Wall Street Journal Staff

India celebrates Holi, the all-colorful Hindu festival on Thursday.

Here’s what you need to know about the festival which has people across the world digging their hands deep into heaps of colored powder, smearing friends, family and strangers with it, and  even consuming cannabis-infused treats.

  • What does the festival celebrate?

    The Hindu festival of colors marks the advent of spring. Festivities commence a day earlier, with many burning a symbolic funeral pyre marking the death of Holika, a demon princess who unsuccessfully attempted to lead Prahlad, a Hindu devotee, to his death. The ritual symbolizes the victory of good over evil.

    Celebrations, mostly concentrated across northern and central India, include people smearing gulaal, or colored powder, on each other at home or on the streets.

    This  was such a fun day last year as it was in 2013.  This along with the  kite flying so clearly exemplifies the simple pleasures  that India take and the joy these  things bring to them.  Our dear Salim took us to meet these other American students and we all played throwing Holi colors.  Remember our visit to Mohammed’s birthday near the beginning of our trip in 2015?  Salim our dear friend took as to both.  This is India in all is glory. . . . .blending of cultures, faith systems and colors!   Enjoy the pictures! 

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    Salim is peeking in at us.  Though this was not his celebration, he gladly entered in the fun !

     

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This is from our first Holi in 2013. . . different group of students, different site, at CEPT, but still the same crazy fun !unnamed (20)

Miss you Salim and LaLa!

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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14 Responses to India Dreaming. . . . . . Holi

  1. Happy holi…!!!! 🙂

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  3. sidran says:

    Belated Happy Holi !Let there be colors and joy always in your life.

  4. Happy Holi Anee.. Miss you 🙂

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