Happy Holi!

Today is Holi, the Festival of Colors. It is one of the most important Hindu festivals, particularly in the northern part of India. Here in Pune and Model Colony, the celebrations are perhaps more subdued (as far as we know!) Holi occurs on a full moon night and celebrates the end of winter and the beginning of spring. On Holi eve, bonfires are lit and an effigy of the demon Holika is burned to signify the triumph of good over evil. We did see some fires around the neighborhood. The next day, people swarm the streets, sprinkling colored water and powder on each other.

Walking through the park on Holi morning.

Walking through the park on Holi morning.

 

This man sits on this bench regularly and seems to disappear into it.

This man sits on this bench regularly and seems to disappear into it.

 

Looking satisfied and happy after Holi celebration.

Looking satisfied and happy after Holi celebration.

Planning their next hit?

Planning their next hit?

Holi friends

Holi friends

 

Even dogs get Holi'ed.

Even dogs get Holi’ed.

 

When we arrived home after Pranayama class, the action had already taken place.

When we arrived home after Pranayama class, the action had already taken place.

Colors and smiles of spring

Colors and smiles of spring

After I took the photo of the happy Holi gang, a few of the girls called after me as I was walking up the steps to our flat. They promised they wouldn’t get the fluorescent powder on my clothes, but please, can we put some on you? I said “Sure!” and each of them delicately smeared some color on my face. Really sweet people!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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