I love Holi, I always look forward to the full moon day in the month of Phalgun. Holi is one of the major festivals in India. It is fun and very promising. It is the day where you don’t worry about what you wear, be careless and let the child in you escape. Women, men, kids enjoy throwing colored powder at each other, or sometimes water. It is the day where you are never too old to play and chase each other.
The first time I experience it was when we were descending from Annapurna. We were way too tired of trekking already that once we saw a glimpse of a vehicle, I already told to them that we needed a ride to Pokhara. All the way, we saw multicolored faces of trekkers who are trying to escape from playful kids. Others are game and took pictures of the event. It was an intriguing sight.
Pokhara is the center of action, the street becomes a colorful affair. Live music, street foods and drinking keep the crowds engaged. I was walking towards it and met a few people I knew while we were trekking, that’s when I got my first slash of colors on my face and from that moment, I was hooked. I’ll definitely do this again.
Holi Rock Festival in Pokhara.
This guy made sure he stand out from the rest with a good face painting.
A local we met while enjoying the music.
Girls I met while we were in Himalaya (2920m) and suprisingly again in Pokhara.
Here are the rest of the photos, i think i have hundreds of it:
I’m not a Holi Expert but i did some research and found interesting places to visit during Holi:
Barsana, Uttar Pradesh – Women beat up men with sticks
Shantiniketan, West Bengal – where Basant Utsav (Spring Festival) is celebrated with colours, music and dancing in a university.
Ahmedabad, Gujarat – bonfires are lit while people sing and dance celebrating of victory of good over evil. A pot of buttermilk is hung high while boys try to break it while forming as pyramids. Girls try to stop them by throwing some coloured water.
If you are interested on taking photos please be sure your camera is sealed, there are many options on doing so. If you can’t, you can take your camera to a professional for some cleaning afterwards. Happy Holi!
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