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The Holi Festival
The Holi Festival
The Holi Festival is also known as the festival of colors and is celebrated on a full moon at the end of February or beginning of March, which marks the end of winter. On the morning of the full moon people take to the streets ‘throwing paint’, which is like playing tag while smearing paint power on each other with wet hands or squirting it from squirt guns or buckets. I celebrated Holi in the teetotaling village of Siwar with a family who were close friends of my traveling companion. The throwing of colors started not long after breakfast. The women, decked out in their traditional tribal saris, first performed a ritual to welcome spring. After a quick change of clothes the otherwise reserved woman enjoyed making a mess of themselves and everyone else. The children were big hams in front of the camera once they overcame their initial shyness (or for one boy, terror) at playing Holi with a giant “gori” (white girl).
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