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Photos of Holi Spring Festival of Colors in India

Spring Awakening: India Celebrates Festival of Colors

Anything goes in India this week as people welcome Spring with a weeklong festival of colors. The festival, much like Mardi Gras, is a celebration of mischief and merrymaking, but the holiday honors Hindi mythology instead of commencing Christian Lent.

Wednesday was Holi, the main day determined by the full moon, and people celebrated by throwing colorful powder and water at each other. Though it's mostly done in fun today, historically the powder had medicinal significance. Medical herbs were thrown on people to ward off any sickness the changing seasons bring.


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SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
Happy Holi!
meerkat meerkat 8 years
It is always a blast! But shouldn't it be "Hindu mythology" not "Hindi mythology"? (Hindi is a North Indian language)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
This makes me think of The Amazing Race episode where people were FREAKING out about being hit with flying colors. Culture shocks abound! :rotfl:
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
So fun
stephley stephley 8 years
I need a 'dropped words' button. I saw video of this last night with the sound down and wondered what they were doing - it does look like fun!
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
That just looks like fun. Yippie! The check spelling button is back!
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