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Full of Life Images of Holi, the Festival of Colors

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Holi also called the Festival of Colors, is a spring festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and others. It is primarily observed in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka,  and countries with large Indic diaspora populations, such as Suriname, Guyana, South Africa, Trinidad, United Kingdom, United States, Mauritius, and Fiji.  Holi  is celebrated by people throwing colored powder and colored water at each other. Bonfires are lit the day before, also known as Holika Dahan (burning of Holika) or Chhoti Holi (little Holi). Holi is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna (February/March) which usually falls in the later part of February or March.  In year 2010 Holi was celebrated on March 1 and Holika Dahan was on February 28. Holi in 2011 will start on Saturday, the 19th of March and will continue for 2 days until Sunday, the 20th of March. Here is an amazing collection of Holi photography just for you.

holi by anupjkat

Smudged by Fuboy1986

Holi  II by kaipu

No More Holi by kaipu

Fight for Color by khagta

Streak of Green by kaipu

The Three Charmers by kaipu

Faith by kaipu

The Holi Files by bingbing51

A Face in Color by khagta

Legend;

There are many legends given as the reason for celebrating ‘Holi’. There is one popular legend that is reputed to bring about the birth of ‘Holi’. It seems that long ago there was an evil king named King Hiranyakasipu. His son, prince Prahlad however was very holy and often prayed to God and this infuriated his father. One day, the wicked king ordered his sister, the demon Holika, to kill his son. The demon Holika, who was immune to fire, captured prince Prahlad and entered a fire furnace. She had done this to kill the prince, however it was her who was burnt to ashes. Prince Prahlad was safe and was not burnt at all. The legend goes that before the demon aunt died, she begged for prince Prahlad’s forgiveness and the prince forgave her and announced that her name would be remembered once a year. Thus the festival ‘Holi’ was created. There is also another story behind the festival of ‘Holi’ and it is based on the everlasting love between Krishna and Radha. It seemed that in the Hindu mythology Lord Krishna was known to court Radha and the light-hearted mischievous courtship of his was linked to Holi. Thus Holi is known to be the celebration of love between the two of them.

colour by pinkbat1407

The Holy Singer by kaipu

Rain of Colors by khagta

No Way Out by kaipu

Burst of Red by kaipu

Pointed Finger by kaipu

Colors of Music by khagta

Flying colors by ippikiwakazou

Holi 3 by ~shera-li

Celebrations;

To start off the festival, preparations are usually made on the eve of Holi: huge bonfires are burnt as a symbol of its representation. These fires are created to ward off evil spirits around the place. ‘Holi’ is grandly celebrated in villages around Mathura, the place where Krishna is said to be born. Before the start of the festival, shops are busy selling ‘Gulal,’ the colored powders, and it is no surprise that the shops are flooded with festive shoppers. In preparation for the festival, new clothes are also bought for the family: it is a tradition for mothers to buy new clothes for their married daughters. On ‘Holi’, mothers let their children go out on the streets to indulge in the splashing of colors. Men like to wear white ‘Kurtas’ while ladies prefer to wear white saris, or ‘Salwar Khameez,’ on ‘Holi’. One thing that is very attractive about this festival is the spirit of the people who celebrate the occasion.Whether they are young or old, all the people are lost in the joyful occasion, having fun throwing colors at each other. Even water balloons would be thrown at each other.When they splash colored water on passer-bys, it is common for the passer-bys to get involved in the color riots themselves. Even kids love this festival, as they enjoy being drenched in colored water.On this happy occasion, dances and folk songs are also important features in the festival.

Lady in Blue by kaipu

Holi by kaipu

Last Man Standing by kaipu

Rain of Yellow by kaipu

HOli by kaipu

The Chanting Saints by kaipu

Colorful Kiss by kaipu

Holy Holi by 7ucky

Festive Colors by khagta

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3 Comments to Full of Life Images of Holi, the Festival of Colors

  1. Craig

    wow…its nice to see so many colors together in one place

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