Holi

Holi

In light of recent events I figured a bit of colour and love on the blog would be welcome. Today the festival of Holi is being celebrated in India and Nepal (mainly). This festival marks the beginning of spring. It is a celebration of fertility, love, colour and the triumph of good over evil. It starts with a burning of wood and dung-cakes to signify good defeating evil. The next day is when people famously throw handfuls of coloured powder and water at each other. The idea is that everyone participates, young, old, rich, poor,… Communities, friends and families get together and celebrate. For me, this is how all holidays should be celebrated (or with a million lights, like Diwali. – Doesn’t India have the best festivals?!) 

Toronto Color Festival

During my stay in Toronto last summer I had the chance to photograph the Toronto Color Festival. Not an actual Holi celebration, but it had the colourful, eye-watering, camera-destroying powders so it’s close enough. It will have to do until I get my ass to India to experience the real thing. Taking my gear in to the powder-covered colourful chaos was far from evident, but there’s nothing a few zip-loc bags and a bunch of tape can’t fix. These are some of the pictures I took that I liked.

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I suggest we all do a little holi festival today. I’m not saying you should throw a bag of flour in your loved ones’ faces (I’m also not saying not to) but I’m saying let’s celebrate love, and remember that good triumphs over evil.

 

Jasmijn