In Pictures: Holi- Festival of Colours

Today is Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, a religious festival heralding the spring for Hindus. It is also the cause of fascinating and beautiful explosions of colour around the world as those who celebrate it, primarily in India and Nepal, plaster and pepper each other with Gulal, the coloured powder.

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Revellers prepare themselves for Holi by stocking up on Gulpa, the intensely pigmented powder paint.     Image: AFP

It brings to my mind the glib comment by Oscar Wilde, that “one should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art”. Wilde meant this remark as a superficial throwaway piece of wit, but if the Victorian gent had ever been acquainted with Holi, he might have been surprised to see his aphorism enacted. The colourful carnage of paint splattered across the crowd makes all involved both painter and canvass.

Holi is something I have always wanted to make the trip to India for and something that I am still determined to do in my lifetime. There’s just something intriguing about it; one part food fight, one part abstract painting. Instead, I’m home in snow drenched Ireland, which looks more like someone had a fight with icing sugar rather than paint powder. For the moment, I am contenting myself with these images of the celebration from around the world, which I hope you’ll enjoy too.

I wanted to make this a short post today because, frankly, the images speak for themselves and express the explosive energy of the festival much more than mere words can convey…

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Image: Mahesh Kumar

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