Spring is in the Air
Colored powder rains down on revelers during this year’s Holi Festival in Vrindavan, a town in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh.
Holi Spring Festival’s Vibrant Colors in 7 Pictures
Revelers dance amid clouds of colored powder in these photos from this month’s festival in India.
Each year, the Holi Festival celebrates the beginning of spring with an explosion of color. Participants, mostly in India and Nepal, sing and dance near temples while being blasted with water and brightly colored powder that sticks to their clothes, their skin, and everything around them.
This colorful Hindu ritual, known as Rangwali Holi, is actually the second part of Holi. The first part, Holika Dahan, takes place the night before. During Holika Dahan, people burn pyres to symbolize the triumph of good over evil.
Because Indian widows are often culturally expected to forsake earthly pleasures, they have historically been banned from Rangwali Holi. In recent years, widows have broken these rules. This year, the Sulabh International Social Service Organisation helped