Mar 02 2010

Family Fun at the Holi Festival

Published by at 11:29 am under Global View

Elephant Festival in Jaipur

As an elephant lover, this colorful fête caught my eye. Holi known as the Festival of Colors is a spring gala celebrated by Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the month. It is primarily observed in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka and can last up to sixteen days.

The significance of the festival is based in Vaishnava Theology.  It is said Krishna’s mother applied color to

Holi Smile

Radha’s face. The celebrations officially usher in spring which is the celebrated “season of love”. As a non-Hindu, I won’t try to explain the interesting history of the event. This link will take you to Wikipedia for the full significance.

While the individual traditions vary across the different countries, the main day of Holi is celebrated by all people joyously throwing colored power and colored water at each other. It is a time for families and neighbors to come together and have fun. Everyone from young to old, male and female are laughing and running around in the vibrant crowds. Words cannot adequately illustrate the fun; I encourage you to watch this clip from the BBC to get the full effect. Sanjeev Bhaskar shares his humorous first Holi experience.

I couldn't resist this image

In Jaipur, Rajasthan, India they also incorporate an elephant festival where theses amazing creatures are adorned and march around in all their regal splendor. (Photos: TourismFreaks, Taby Ru, Herwijnen)

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