Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Today's Trivia - Holi (Festival of Colours)

Holi - the festival of colors celebrated at the end of the winter season - is the most fun-filled and lively of Hindu festivals; an occasion filled with playfulness, music, dance – and lots of bright colours!

No need to dress up for this party. In fact, it’s best that participants dig out their oldest threads in preparation of a huge colour-throwing event.

The celebration begins with the lighting of a bonfire on the Holi eve. Numerous legends & stories associated with Holi celebration make the festival more exuberant and vivid. People rub (and hurl) colourful powders called 'gulal' and 'abeer' on each others' faces. A common expression heard during Holi is ‘bura na mano, Holi hai' ("don't feel offended, it's Holi").

Here are some photos of this fun event:

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This is a party!

26 comments:

  1. I'm naturally messy, so this was made for me.

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  2. I wouldn't want to be in charge of cleanup afterwards, though.

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    1. Nope. But participating, on the other hand, I wouldn't mind!

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  3. That's CRAZY ! I didnt' know what I was looking at when I opened up yoru page! I think we should have a party like that here!! My daughters would LOVE it. My wife would hate it (clean up). :-)

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    1. I think this would be a blast! We do need fun holidays like these.

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  4. What a beautiful party!

    Greetings from Minneapolis,

    Pearl

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    1. It sure is fun! Hello Pearl. Greeting right back from Kingston, Ontario :)

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  5. Well that looks like fun. My grade 5 painting classes often looked like that! You just have to smile went colour is splashed around - even if it is on your clothes!

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    1. Yes, smile and have fun! Reminds me of my elementary school years when we did art...my favourite part of class!

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  6. We need some really cool and fun festivals in the states. Then again it would be the lawyers that had the most fun...

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    1. You are probably right...LOL... But I do agree that we need some cool holidays like this one.

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  7. Oh! I need to experience that, what fun. I'd imagine one would feel quite cheerful all coloured up like that!

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    1. Wouldn't you just love to visit when this holiday is going on? Imagine how much fun it would be?

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  8. Now I could get into that in a BIG way ~~~~ those hands in that picture ~~~ just look at the beauty in those colours! Seriously I would love to partake at least once in my life!

    ron

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    1. Yup, I would, too! We could let loose and be kids all over again.

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  9. Oh my word, that looks SO much fun! :)

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    1. It sure does! And thanks for visiting and leaving a comment :)

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  10. I so love color, and these photos are gorgeous! I think Amazing Race had racers participate in Holi one season. It certainly looks like fun!

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    1. It's all the beautiful colours that does it for me, as well. Imagine joining in on a party like this one and just letting loose. How much fun is that?!

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  11. Colours seem to be a big part of the Hindu religion. When driving through the Bangladesh countryside, we saw huge, billowing, brightly coloured banners in the middle distance, and were told it was a Hindu festival.

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    1. It certainly seems that way. And what a terrific thing that is!

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  12. Wow great colors! It looks like fun! (Would not want to be on the clean up crew for some though! LOL)

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