Monday, March 1, 2010

Happy Holi!


Holi is perhaps the most colorful of Indian festivals, which in general rate high in terms of color. Colored water and water balloons are thrown, friends (and strangers) throw colored powders at each other, folks dance, and drink bhang (a milk-based drink with almonds, cannabis, and sugar). One of our interns said it tasted like chai. And then the worldwide obligatory run to the liquor store for more drinks. These are pictures from our housing complex. The water felt great on a hot day.

You start with relatively clean clothes, preferably white or light colored.
You greet friends with a handful of color to smear on them.
Water is thrown, squirted, and sometimes just dumped.









The unorganized nature of the celebration is hard to convey, but this video (poorly edited, sorry) has moments that capture some of it.

video
Back at home at the end of the day, before taking showers.

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