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Holi - the Festival of Colors

Last Wednesday (March 11th), people in India and other countries with large Hindu populations celebrated Holi, the Festival of Colors. Holi is celebrated as a welcoming of Spring, and a celebration of the triumph of good over evil. What that translates to in action is an enthusiastic dropping of inhibitions, as people chase each other and playfully splash colorful paint, powder and water on each other. People also attend bonfires to commemorate the story of Prahlada, a Hindu figure and devout follower of Lord Vishnu who prevailed over his father and the demoness Holika with the power of his devotion. Collected here are photos from this year's Festival of Colors. (27 photos total)

Men smear colored powder on each other's faces during celebrations of Holi, the Hindu festival of color, in Jaisalmer, in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, Wednesday March 11, 2009. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
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365 comments so far...
1.

I'm loving this set Alan, just great work on a fun topic of celebration. With all the world war, suffering and political or religious negative happenings, its nice to see people so enthralled with absolute happiness. Cheers to these awesome photographers for their contribution and your efforts to assemble these photo stories!

Matt Adcock
Wedding Photojournalist
del Sol Photography

Posted by Matt Adcock March 13, 09 11:28 AM
2.

I love that there is not one single grumpy face in all of those pics.

Posted by Sarah March 13, 09 11:30 AM
3.

WOW- really interesting how they celebrate!!!

Posted by RB March 13, 09 11:30 AM
4.

colorful.

Posted by vision March 13, 09 11:32 AM
5.

#3 - where's waldo?

Posted by Jon Van Dalen March 13, 09 11:36 AM
6.

Joyous Phagwah greetings to everyone and wishing that the colorful evocations of this festival enliven and sanctify our spirits for all the rest of the year and fill all hearts with peace. Phagwah (or Holi) is a celebration of Spring and the New Year. The celebrations go on for a week and the colorful and fragrant liquids that we playfully throw on each other is man imitating nature. After the first day there is less such exuberance and the festival is celebrated in song or “chowtal”. A chowtal Chowtal is a devotional art form in which a prayer is sung responsively to a 4-beat meter. Hence the name, “Chow-tal”, literally “four-beat”.

http://chs-jccss.org/blog/2009/03/10/2517/#comments
Rishi Singh

Posted by Rishi Singh March 13, 09 11:38 AM
7.

Wow - this is amazing! I'm off to India for a month in September - does anyone know if there are any crazy celebrations on during that month? I can only imagine what it would be like to experience this!

Posted by AndyW March 13, 09 11:49 AM
8.

are those color powders poisonous?

Posted by »ðÐÇòáòæ March 13, 09 11:49 AM
9.

What fun. Wish I were there.

Posted by Tim March 13, 09 11:53 AM
10.

wow...they literally live in sh*t and still manage to be happy

Posted by 0blivi0n March 13, 09 11:53 AM
11.

Amazing, I wonder what the DSLR camera looked like after this session ^_^;;

Posted by Hoshisato March 13, 09 11:57 AM
12.

Those hands...beautiful.
The world needs more festivals like this!

Posted by Jon T March 13, 09 12:03 PM
13.

#26 ftw :D

Posted by Erinaceus concolor March 13, 09 12:04 PM
14.

No grumpy faces? -> 24
I wonder how toxic these powders are.

Posted by Mugros March 13, 09 12:05 PM
15.

the happiest thing I have seen in the news all week. great to see all the colors & smiles

Posted by terry March 13, 09 12:06 PM
16.

comment #7-Yes, they are so poisonous that the festival is held every year. It's a population control thing, you know.
Oblivion(comment #9)-I don't see the basis for your comment about how they live, but if they're happy what's your excuse?

Posted by The Epitrope March 13, 09 12:19 PM
17.

What a great people! Celebrating colours.... Excellent pictures, a most welcomed addition to the Big Pictures series. Again, thank you.

Posted by Julien March 13, 09 12:22 PM
18.

Uhh......no.

Posted by Watty March 13, 09 12:23 PM
19.

Fantastic.

The festival looked like fantastic fun!

Wonder how badly your camera was 'coloured in' after this though!?

Matt

Matt Sanderson Photography

Posted by Matt Sanderson March 13, 09 12:26 PM
20.

What a great series. And the colour! I don't think I've ever seen such intensity.

Posted by Ray Drainville March 13, 09 12:31 PM
21.

it really looks amazing.
love it. great selection, as usual

Posted by max sauter March 13, 09 12:34 PM
22.

It's nice to see that there's some color left in this world! #6 and #14 are very powerful.

Posted by Andreas March 13, 09 12:35 PM
23.

Awesome set. I love all the colors of India!

Posted by Eugene March 13, 09 12:38 PM
24.

I get nervous with my camera when it rains at an outdoor music festival. I'd be petrified if I had my my dSLR out in this. Kudos to the photographers... hope their gear was weather sealed.

Posted by Brian Bennett March 13, 09 12:41 PM
25.

# 12 so powerful...great pics... that looks like so much fun...!

Posted by Alexander Kabusk March 13, 09 12:45 PM
26.

Does every country have a happy celebration per year? I Hope so... Brazil with Carnival, India with Holi (among others), Germany with Oktoberfest, and so on...

Pehaps a post in the future only with happy celebrations. One picture per country. I guess your post will be over 200 pictures...

Posted by Paul Beonicio March 13, 09 12:52 PM
27.

Ahh, I went to India in 2005 and arrived the day after Holi. People had weird leftover color on them, and the streets were all colored up and I didn't know why. Had I known about Holi before I went on my trip, I would've planned to be there for Holi. Ahhh, well.

Awesome pics!

Posted by Todd Courtnage March 13, 09 12:56 PM
28.

Technically speaking, it IS a Hindu festival. But it would make more sense to call it an Indian festival. People of all religions get together in Indian towns and villages to play colour that day.

Posted by vimoh March 13, 09 01:01 PM
29.

I just got back from India - and was there for Holi. It was amazing fun - I felt like I was 15 all over again.

Posted by Chris March 13, 09 01:13 PM
30.

I enjoy the big picture but it would nice if it would display all photos through rss. Using netvibes, I can only view one photo then I have to click the link to see the rest. The Wall Street Photo Journal does this right and display all photos through rss.

Posted by gobo March 13, 09 01:17 PM
31.

Wow. Wonderful set of images. I love the happiness that can be seen throughout this set.

Posted by matt j March 13, 09 01:32 PM
32.

Breathtaking pictures from one of the most beautiful places in the world... :-)

Posted by Ritish March 13, 09 01:33 PM
33.

To #8: The color powders are just like the color powders they mix up in the elementary schools for art, and fingerpainting projects. There is no toxicity.

Some of these photos deserve awards! Beautiful!

Posted by Lilah March 13, 09 01:37 PM
34.

I'm surprised they haven't made a Sony Bravia ad out of this yet.

Posted by Jared March 13, 09 01:39 PM
35.

re: comments 7 & 16--yea, actually some of those colors are very toxic, especially the super bright blues and pinks. many many people get some kind of rash or irritation (particularly on the face and under the clothes), and a lot of people are in fact blinded every year by industrial chemicals being sold on the street as 'colors', particularly children who seem to get the powder in their eyes more than adults.

Posted by Emily March 13, 09 01:41 PM
36.

Impressing...!

Posted by JARTRAM March 13, 09 01:41 PM
37.

Those are amazing pictures! I was completely caught off guard by the sudden feelings of happiness that welled up in me while viewing them. As others have commented, it's good to see people being joyful with all of the images of suffering and chaos in the world. Thanks Alan for assembling them.

Posted by Drew March 13, 09 01:42 PM
38.

IT IS BEAUTIFULL, LIKE ME.

Posted by PATRICIA March 13, 09 01:45 PM
39.

I was expacting the Big Picture serise on Holi and there you come...
Thanks for sharing... really missing India, in a special way...

Posted by Pranav Bhavsar March 13, 09 01:50 PM
40.

This is beautiful, the life is one and the family also

Posted by franklin perez March 13, 09 01:51 PM
41.

@ 0blivi0n :- comment #10

lol you surely are oblivious to things happening around the world .... we are slowly taking over the world .... soon you will be cleaning our sh*t

and thinking its technological advancement ... :)

Posted by dj g March 13, 09 02:19 PM
42.

jajaaajja Genial!

Posted by Marie March 13, 09 02:22 PM
43.

#3: "Blood orgy!!!!!!"

Posted by Ricardo Glitarius March 13, 09 02:34 PM
44.

great :)

Posted by nanimo March 13, 09 02:36 PM
45.

These would make beautiful black & white prints.

Posted by Brandon March 13, 09 03:03 PM
46.

I was thinking about how lenses and camera bodies resisted this amount of dust.... beautiful pictures

Posted by Mauricio Duque Arrubla March 13, 09 03:10 PM
47.

This is something new, I would never imagine.
Great pictures, as always!

Posted by zaxl March 13, 09 03:14 PM
48.

Spectacular! Thanks!

Posted by Judy Dement March 13, 09 03:18 PM
49.

The greatest thing about this festival is that it is a great leveller. People from all walks of life, from all religions , of all ages and of all regions come together to be coloured as one. This can be termed as the UNITED COLORS OF INDIA.

Posted by Mrinal March 13, 09 03:25 PM
50.

it is really nice photo dude!!! Wish I should have been there to capture this kind of photo :)

Posted by Thangam March 13, 09 03:44 PM
51.

Cosign with #16 - they say ignorance is bliss. Beautiful pictures of Holi/Phagwah. I am from a country where the majority of the population is of Indian descent but people of all origins partake in these festivities.

Posted by Andy March 13, 09 04:10 PM
52.

#13 = marvelous! Like a happy blizzard.

Posted by Harlo March 13, 09 04:24 PM
53.

Great pics ! It is said that 'Heart melt with joy and mix with each other' during holi...

Posted by D March 13, 09 04:59 PM
54.

AMAZING


Posted by ED March 13, 09 05:01 PM
55.

Let's imagine what color their lungs are now!!

Posted by Jacob March 13, 09 05:11 PM
56.

I miss those days... :( it was so much fun... We all used to go around in our MoBikes all over the city.. and there’s no stopping. The more color u have on u = the more fun u had. Occasionally (in some places most of the time) they serve baang (pronounced as Baanggg) is milk mixed with the plant (the in-famous plant), and that make's HOLI more fun.

Posted by vijay March 13, 09 05:35 PM
57.

No# 14 is awesome !

Posted by Gaurav Sharma March 13, 09 05:49 PM
58.

Mr Great 0blivi0n (comment #10)

Be Respectful to the world n people and humankind! How poor u can think of calling it shithole. Can u go make the world A quality, if not then keeping mum is the best answer. Hope this makes u feel better.

Posted by PM March 13, 09 05:59 PM
59.

its Nascar in Hindu

Posted by James O'Connor March 13, 09 06:02 PM
60.

Thanks for the beautiful photos!

Posted by Lynn March 13, 09 06:36 PM
61.

As imagens são lindas!! As cores são estigantes!! Vivaaa!!

Posted by Anderson Guedes March 13, 09 07:47 PM
62.

Awesome pictures. Its so refreshing to see a mass of people all smiling and celebrating together.


Side note on dusty conditions and the camera, this would really not be any worse than shooting out at Burning Man which I do every year. Modern DSLRs, especially pro models, are sealed very well and keep pretty much everything out. A lens swap is about the only thing that can ruin your day in conditions like that with a top shelf camera.

Posted by CptSmashy March 13, 09 08:16 PM
63.

I lived in Nepal for a year about 15 years ago and one of my most vivid memories is of Holi. Thank you for bringing those memories back so strong I can almost smell them.
wonderful photos!

Posted by abigail murray March 13, 09 09:25 PM
64.

Jai Hind!

Posted by Varenya March 13, 09 10:19 PM
65.

simply awesome. this is one site which puts us right in the middle of any place and experience it. a lot of world exposure is gained just by following this site. great job. keep it up.

Posted by yugan March 13, 09 10:46 PM
66.

COLOR ! CELEBRATE ! LIFE ! A pallet of joy on all their faces ! With Love from cold Wisconsin

Posted by Matt March 13, 09 10:48 PM
67.

Thanks, this was a lovely set of pictures.

On a similar theme I do hope you will be covering Songkran, the water festival, in Thailand in April.

Posted by David March 13, 09 10:50 PM
68.

wow. happy people! rare pictures nowadays :D

Posted by Anonymous March 13, 09 10:56 PM
69.

Thanks for bringing back the memories, we all can use a carefree day like this .... no strings attached no hangups.

Posted by Sanjeev Pandey March 13, 09 11:19 PM
70.

awesome..I was traveling in India in 1994, had no idea what Holi was and got nailed by kids in the streets with powder and colored waters. Allday. Everywhere. The shame is I only took a couple of pictures of Holi, afraid to ruin my dinky camera. Regardless these images brought me back 15 years in a finger snap, running road blocks of 20 laughing kids on my Enfield, blasted into a hundred psychedelic shades of joy.

Posted by Michael Guyer March 13, 09 11:25 PM
71.

beautiful pics !

Posted by Nishank Modi March 13, 09 11:46 PM
72.

Greetings from Delhi! This city is like a ghost town on Holi... the streets are dead. You see throngs of people here and there, but most folks "play holi" with their close friends and familiers. The pix you see above, in the huge crowds, are poor people... they congregate in groups. Unfortunately, most of the vivid colors are toxic... very toxic. Keep in mind this is a country where people drink illegal brew poured into leakey plastic grocrey bags!! They also actively market nontoxic colors (red, pink, pale green and yellow).... the rest are either hyperexpensive professional stuff or made of pretty bad crap. No one cares here tho... it's India... the country is a toxic mess. People have fun anyway. Btw, the other Holi ritual is the "bhaang" lassi. Lassi is a yogurt milkshake that people drink all the time.. you can add fruit to it. But, on HOli, they add a very special "herb" called bhaang. That's why everyone is smiling LOL!!!

Posted by jackstrawdc March 13, 09 11:52 PM
73.

I found the 25th picture scaring. Made me remender the sad episode of Cesio 137.
The other ones are very simillar to freshman college students in Brazil, what's funny.

Amazing pics.

Posted by Thaís Carlo March 14, 09 12:57 AM
74.

It looks like India needs the mother of all black lights.

Posted by Matt March 14, 09 01:27 AM
75.

The powders are nontoxic dyed with vegetable pigments. This has been celebrated for centuries on end so they have got the production down pat.

The toxic powders are artificial and not from an organic plant source. They will leave rashes and perhaps even scars.

Posted by Mitesh Damania March 14, 09 01:54 AM
76.

Great Job...amazing compilation... i was working this time for Holi but i am happy i coul;d atleast see the celebrations through these pics

Posted by Abhishek Rajagolkar March 14, 09 02:02 AM
77.

I'm getting into the chalk business.

Posted by Jeremy Morris March 14, 09 02:06 AM
78.

Holi hai!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by ssen March 14, 09 02:48 AM
79.

India is unique in many ways.

Posted by kushal barmate March 14, 09 03:20 AM
80.

@andyw -- if ur visiting in september - october .. u'll have a chance of being in india at the twin festivals of dussehra and diwali.. the biggest festival in india.. In dussehra is celebrated as victory of truth over evil and diwali as the homecoming of Lord Ram after an exile of 14 years...its fun..

Posted by Akhilesh March 14, 09 04:36 AM
81.

Wow that looks like the best time ever... :))

Posted by louise March 14, 09 05:13 AM
82.

Absolutely incredible! These photos made my weekend. Amazing!

Posted by Maria Sipka March 14, 09 06:05 AM
83.

I liked #6 very much

Posted by Dani March 14, 09 06:12 AM
84.

Hi. I'm an English guy studying in Shimla (Northern India) at the moment, and a bunch of us went out and celebrated Holi with the locals. I previously had no knowledge of the festival, and it was an absolutely amazing day. We got plastered in colors. I've not laughed so much in a long time!

Posted by Martin Stickley March 14, 09 07:15 AM
85.

# 2 & 11 - Awesome!!

Love the colour, love the fun!!

Posted by Melanie March 14, 09 08:40 AM
86.

Wow ,It's a real exciting world here ! Well done !

Posted by Bakeling March 14, 09 08:41 AM
87.

#16: Loving your comments!

Posted by mileslarboy March 14, 09 08:52 AM
88.

luxlotus sent me here and i am so lucky to see these beautiful images, the celebration of good over evil, especially loved children looking into the camera,amazing photograhy. thank you

Posted by jackie cerand March 14, 09 09:46 AM
89.

for sure, it's not America, not wasp, no "God", freedom. You do what you like.
Just in the rest of the world, you know !

Posted by Phil March 14, 09 11:16 AM
90.

The pics are amazing. Happy to see one of my festivals portrayed so wonderfully.

Posted by Karthikeyan March 14, 09 11:18 AM
91.

A celebration of good over evil in living technicolor ! I Love It ! Thank you for the fantastic pictures and thanks to my dear friend for sending them to me.
Rock on India !

Posted by Island Girl March 14, 09 11:43 AM
92.

I've been lucky enough to be travelling through India during Holi, and these pictures are exactly as it appears - colourful, crazy, and so much fun. Great set, and thanks for sharing.

Posted by Toby March 14, 09 12:27 PM
93.

hi, meiah deaf can sign langugae.

Posted by meiah March 14, 09 01:43 PM
94.

this is awesome. screw that italian food fight thing, this is where the party is at!

Posted by bob March 14, 09 02:14 PM
95.

Impresionante...... me encanta

Posted by Gerardo S. March 14, 09 02:57 PM
96.

great pictures....few of the comments out there have been so ignorant...wonder how the same people would defend something like mardi gras. A festival is a festival. Everyone has the sovereign right to celebrate their festivals the way they like it. No one likes to have a tonic shoved down their throat. Those who cannot join in the happiness of others should go jump off the cliff.

Posted by rahul sood March 14, 09 03:09 PM
97.

Nice pics..it is one of awesome festival celebrated every year in India. Everybuddy forget their problems and worries and enjoy this beautiful day...Holi(means festival of colors).

Posted by Nisha March 14, 09 03:14 PM
98.

Awesome captures !!

Happy HOLI ! Missed it this time :(

Posted by Prashix March 14, 09 03:58 PM
99.

What? It doesn't look any different than a party at my house..

OK, I lied. That looks FUN!!

Posted by Hugh J March 14, 09 04:04 PM
100.

are baba

Posted by Njr March 14, 09 04:37 PM
101.

Amazing India !!! I miss it TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much !!!!!!!!!
Vande Matram

Posted by Mayur March 14, 09 05:06 PM
102.

Holi celebrates arrival of Spring, hence is only once a year, alas. The winter harvest has just been cut so people often offer tokens of it to the gods in the bonfire the night before: wheat stalks, sugarcane stalks, peanuts etc. Its my favourite festival. It is a festival where you leave inhibitions behind. You can play with anyone, young or old, neighbour or friend. On the day of holi, enemies can visit each other and play and let go of old grievances. In essence, you can not say no, you can play more or less but you should participate. Gives a chances to young shy Romeos to approach girls who would normally not let them near. In my times, people of different religions and castes would play together but usually they knew each other.
We would be feverishly excited, wear old clothes preferably white, so the colours would show. We would have our gulal or powders, colours and water-soakers ready. We would go out in 'tolis' or groups of kids, door to door in our neighbourhood, drenching the kids and parents, welcomed and being fed 'gunjiyas' and pakoras, replenishing our pichkaaris at everyone's water taps and colour-filled buckets. We would play until about early afternoon then everyone returned home for a good long bath. Often the colour in fingernails persisted for a few days which we cherished. Often you wore new clothes after the bath and then have a family feast that night. Neighbors and family and friends visit each other.
Regarding toxicity - the traditional colour for holi came from boiling a flower tesu, that blossoms at the same time in Spring. It is orange and when boiled in water, gives off a yellow-orange colour that is filled in soakers. Gulal is the coloured powder, not toxic. Some of the harder paints can be but the joy supersedes everything and you wash it all off in a few hours.
When I was studying in England, we celebrated with just the dry powders since it was cold there. Many of our international friends would join in, unable to resist the spirit of fun.
Thanks for these pictures. Lovely to see the revellers.

Posted by JJ March 14, 09 05:18 PM
103.

:)

Posted by Paresh Pandit March 14, 09 05:42 PM
104.

Perhaps the only festival in the world where you wear the dress you dislike most. Some people keeps the color laden shirt for next year. You'll get shot with water balloons anywhere you go . There is no escape. Don't be surprised if you're water-attacked by tiny kids who've barely started walking. New to India, No problem. All it takes to shed your inhibitions is the first color facial and a bucket of water and you realize you're actually enjoying it. There are dance parties on the roads and highways with loud bollywood music. The home-made intoxicating drink "Bhaang" (Canabis) flows freely and will keep you high and dancing the entire day. We surely know how to celebrate,,,, Happy Holi to Everybody.... Jai HInd

Posted by Vijay Pandey March 14, 09 05:59 PM
105.

those are really good pics!

Posted by Bai_Liping March 14, 09 08:29 PM
106.

i LOVE holi!! I got to experience it when i was a fourth grader in a tiny town in Florida, of all places. ;) How amazing would it be to be in India.

HAPPY HOLI!

Posted by Laurita March 14, 09 08:39 PM
107.

great pics! when the weather gets warm in massachusetts. my friends hope to have a late schoolwide celebration!

Posted by N March 14, 09 09:00 PM
108.

:) Indeed

It just doesn't get any better than this!

Posted by denheels March 14, 09 09:17 PM
109.

WOW THIS IS SO NICE AND NON VIOLENT, LOVE SPREADS WITHIN OUR CULTURE WHY NOT HAVE SOMETHING LIKE THIS IN AMERICA WHERE ALL OF OUR DIFFERENT ETHNIC GROUPS CAN SHARE A COMMON HOLIDAY OF ENJOYMENT AND PEACE
JOL

Posted by JAIME March 14, 09 09:37 PM
110.

Great pictures!

Posted by Sreejith March 14, 09 09:58 PM
111.

This is some serious fun ppl!

Posted by Ankur March 14, 09 10:41 PM
112.

Festival of colors

Posted by Tej March 14, 09 10:47 PM
113.

uuuuuuuuuugh these are absolutely wonderful!!

Posted by kezia March 14, 09 11:35 PM
114.

Yes, I went to one today in S. FL. I was covered in lots of colored powder!!!!!

Posted by Kamla Devi March 15, 09 12:07 AM
115.

LMAO @ #26

Great photography!!!

Posted by ryan March 15, 09 12:28 AM
116.

RE #26, we have Mardi Gras!

Posted by Anonymous March 15, 09 12:51 AM
117.

Holi is not all fun and games. In places, women are scared to step out doors because to avoid being groped and molested by drunken men.

Posted by Vulcan March 15, 09 01:41 AM
118.

Photo #12 is wonderful.

Posted by Kelly March 15, 09 02:41 AM
119.

Being an Indian I am really happy to see these wonderful set of photos of Holi....
Its crazier than what u see in these pics ;-) U have to experience it first had....

I missed Holi this year though ;-( too bad for me….

Alan, It’s good to see these photos of people smiling and having fun… It’s a welcomed change esp when all we see and hear about is terrorism, recession war…

and #10 go to hell..... When everyone has only positive things to say why in the world do u have to bring in negativity???

Posted by febin March 15, 09 03:17 AM
120.

Wonderful!!!

Posted by Emanuel Naia Sardo March 15, 09 06:07 AM
121.

Wow! The images are so good and it seems they a have a hugh load of fun there! ^_^

Posted by AntoniaK March 15, 09 07:02 AM
122.

amazing pictures,awsome,it is very nice seeing happy faces,laughs & enjoyment in a part of the world from wehre we always see bad news.
i think india is a wonderful country.
i'm from dominican reublic and i know how it feels with this type of celebrations
god bless you all

Posted by norma florian March 15, 09 08:26 AM
123.

Colors of India! Very beautiful...

Posted by Ashil March 15, 09 10:07 AM
124.

Happy faces! We need more of the same in every other country in these recession hit times.

Posted by samfund March 15, 09 11:39 AM
125.

awsm pics.........i lov holi so much..............
wndrful pics.........dese r jzz amazing pico.............
happy holi.............yahoooooooooooo

Posted by ankit March 15, 09 11:50 AM
126.

I think it is beautiful to see these positive things in our world today, it reminds us not everything is a negative. Big thanks to the photograpgher for risking their equipment.
All i can say is "Nice, very nice."

Posted by 48hoursites.com March 15, 09 12:06 PM
127.

Love All the Color's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Jesus Inclan March 15, 09 12:54 PM
128.

It´s beautiful !!! Amasing, how people have fun :)

Posted by Mari March 15, 09 02:33 PM
129.

What fantastic images. I can't stop grinning

Posted by Gareth Fudge March 15, 09 03:15 PM
130.

This is probably the most colorful set of pictures that I've seen posted here. Wonderful!

Posted by Pear Head March 15, 09 04:29 PM
131.

i love the colors of this culture, it's full of life, simply and beautiful happiness.no need to have one million of dollars to be happy.

Posted by alpharomano March 15, 09 05:23 PM
132.

What wonderful up-lifting pictures!! I hadn't heard of Holi before seeing these pics but now I can ask my friends all about it. You can't help but have a smile on your face after looking at all the fun they are having! Amazing ...and to think there are fabulous festivals like this happening all over the world that most people know very little nothing about .Thankyou for posting them!

Posted by Debbie Jones March 15, 09 06:25 PM
133.

Great pics but the colour powder feel dirty and breathless.....

Posted by David March 15, 09 07:03 PM
134.

Like the many people who've commented before me, I am so happy to see such an amazing celebration being portrayed here! It's wonderful to know that there is such rampant joy and playfulness in this world, if you look for it.

Posted by Maria March 15, 09 09:45 PM
135.

Yeah we had Holi, or pagwah, celebrations yesterday and today, it was awesome!!!
These pics are very nice, they capture the carefree joy that the world has all but forgotten!

Posted by Avi Jags March 15, 09 11:03 PM
136.

It's so exiting!! and beautiful!!

Posted by han March 15, 09 11:57 PM
137.

No matter what is going on around the world... true colors are still there in lives of Hindus...
Excellent pics !! The best part is, the pics are not from only one place but various places across the country.. great comiplation !

Posted by Ams March 16, 09 12:30 AM
138.

Wonderful! Holi is a festival where you forget what has happened. The world till yesterday may be filled with Sorrow and gloom but Holi is a promise to the world saying that "Change is about to Begin. Tomorrow is going to be a brighter day".

Let us all leave the gloom, sadness and misery Behind... Let us get drenched and have fun. Let us rebuild and make this world more colourfull and more beautiful.

Happy Holi World..

Posted by Debasish March 16, 09 12:51 AM
139.

I've been having a lousy day today, and this gave me a lift, so thank you. What a great festival. Wonder how this would go over with my co-workers!

Posted by Chris March 16, 09 01:40 AM
140.

A holiday where you throw paint and pigments on each other?....That goes against everything my mother taught me as a child......and I absolutely love it!

Posted by Psynyde March 16, 09 01:57 AM
141.

This ONLY happens in the HOLY LAND my COUNTRY
"INDIA" I luv my INDIA

Posted by Narendra M. Purabia March 16, 09 02:17 AM
142.

WOW!
so much color and so much beauty
so much laughter and happiness
groups of ppl all laughing and singing
so much LOVE..so much LIFE...

Posted by _BS_ March 16, 09 03:37 AM
143.

I want to go.

Posted by Tess March 16, 09 04:09 AM
144.

India Rocks ..... especially North India .... where the festival of colors is celebrated to it fullest .... amazing .... miss the festival a lot

Posted by Rajeev March 16, 09 04:24 AM
145.

it is something real and touching thanks a lot 2 forward me

Posted by shweta March 16, 09 05:32 AM
146.

Dont think that holy is celebrated all over India like this,some states like Kerala Nagaland,skkimm etc are not celebrating this festival with this much enthusiasm

Posted by Jenjose March 16, 09 05:40 AM
147.

Birdy Num Num - awesome photos

Posted by Rory March 16, 09 08:11 AM
148.

This is incredable!
I used to live in Islamabad / Pakistan but never heard about this festival in India... Great pictures... really great!

Posted by Kaynak Kartoglu March 16, 09 09:03 AM
149.

det er nogle meget smukke billeder jeg ville også øsnke at vi kunne afholde sådan nogle "festivaller" i Danmark :D

Posted by lise inge March 16, 09 09:38 AM
150.

Brings back old memories! Missing out on so much fun!

Posted by parizad chinoy March 16, 09 10:33 AM
151.

i can't say more than what had been said already but truly amazing pictures!!
i guess i can speak for everyone (or almost) that it gives us the desire to be there at this periode!!

Posted by ash March 16, 09 10:58 AM
152.

Amazing pictures of festival of Colours.

Jai Ho

Posted by Azrim Hart March 16, 09 11:11 AM
153.

Love it!

Posted by Maxomat March 16, 09 11:19 AM
154.

Wow, didn't know South By Southwest was so festive

Posted by Berry March 16, 09 11:36 AM
155.

MOO

Posted by moo March 16, 09 12:23 PM
156.

Truly amazing pictures!! The JOY and the passion of a people... so evident here!

Posted by Laura Bortolusso-Welch Trinidad&Tobago March 16, 09 01:03 PM
157.

great pictures as always ! I feel happy that through such compilations people around the world can know more about india .. Also, comment #10, I am really sorry for you being so disrespectful. We live in india but never say bad things about people living in africa ... i pray and hope that you feel some humanity within you...

Posted by shauks March 16, 09 01:28 PM
158.

Happy people...! very rare picture these days... This photos are simply amazing!

Posted by Daniel March 16, 09 01:56 PM
159.

really nice pics ..

Posted by Zuhaib March 16, 09 01:59 PM
160.

its awesome ...

this is the first time when I missed it ..

Posted by anshu bakshi March 16, 09 02:04 PM
161.

Fantastic pictures. Makes me wish I hadn't spent the day sitting in my office. I've reblogged this - abhimanyu.tumblr.com

Posted by Abhimanyu Ghoshal March 16, 09 02:21 PM
162.

Simply ColourFul

jaI hO

Posted by vijay March 16, 09 02:21 PM
163.

Very nice pictures, would have liked to have seen some from other countries that ALSO celebrate Holi or Phagwah e.g. Trinidad, Suriname, Guyana, the UK even.

Posted by Tiffany March 16, 09 04:29 PM
164.

It was just one of few set of pics that just makes you smile =)

Posted by Cess007 March 16, 09 05:15 PM
165.

Great pics! Love each and every one. I've lived in the US all my life and never experienced Holi - pehaps some day. :)

Posted by Lachmin March 16, 09 06:08 PM
166.

I love #12!!!

Posted by Lander March 16, 09 07:08 PM
167.

good pictures of holi...

Posted by Anamika March 16, 09 10:49 PM
168.

I left the country 32 years ago and loved seeing these happy pics. It brought back childhood memories - Of-course, to be truthful, as a child this festival always frightened me and I refused to leave the house, but used to watch the servants play in the compound below. CC March 17, 2008

Posted by Anonymous March 17, 09 12:36 AM
169.

Bura mat maano, holi hai!! :)

Posted by Navish Wadhwa March 17, 09 02:32 AM
170.

awesome pics!

Posted by jaanaki March 17, 09 02:59 AM
171.

They are awesome and truly reflect the spirit of united India in a way...
Happy Holi and JaiHind

Posted by Prasad (Studioblossoms) March 17, 09 03:04 AM
172.

Yeah awesome pics.
thats our India..the colors of happinies and joy.

Cheers

Posted by kailash March 17, 09 06:18 AM
173.

IT IS AMAZING. INDIANS FIND GREAT JOY IN CELEBRATING FESTIVALS ROUND THE YEAR. HOLI OCCUPIES A HIGHER PEDESTAL BECAUSE NO DIFFERENCE OF AGE AND GENDER. SO IT SAYS BURA NAA MANO HOLI HAI BHAI HOLI HAI. TRULY, INDIA IS CALLED THE LAND OF 366 FESTIVALS IN 365 DAYS.

Posted by Mohan Lunawat March 17, 09 06:43 AM
174.

This is how life should be lived and children brought up to celebrate life ....

I love the series of photographs on boston.com they are simply amazing!

Posted by Grant March 17, 09 07:08 AM
175.

HO-LI : Hindi for past is past.

HOLY : be pure in your thoughts ,words,actions,feelings,wishes,vision,attitude. . .

These are the basis for the true festival of colors and the true celebration of happiness.Wish the whole world Happy Holi every day.

Thanks for amazing pics and thanks to brother for sharing.

Posted by Loveleen Ruhani March 17, 09 08:15 AM
176.

Awesome...infact I didn't knew about the different ways of playing this colorful festival:) just knew about colors...that's how I play it...

Posted by Arti March 17, 09 09:27 AM
177.

Excellent pics I had forgotten when holi actually falls.Spring is well and truly in Delhi but is yet to reach us here
AL

Posted by AL March 17, 09 12:13 PM
178.

so happy to see newspapers across the globe giving huge coverage to Indian festivals.............im happy :D

Posted by Achal Premi March 17, 09 12:45 PM
179.

# 10 - We may live in sh*t, but you are sh*t if all you have is racist thoughts. Sare jahan se accha, hindustan hamara.

Posted by Kevin March 17, 09 02:54 PM
180.

we should do the same everywhere, especially in these serious and "grey" places.
great happening and great therapy of fun!
Welcome India ( the largest democracy on earth)

Posted by fugu March 17, 09 05:05 PM
181.

Woooah...its fantastic...

Posted by Samuel March 18, 09 01:26 AM
182.

I keep going back to look at these and each time I can't help but smile.

Posted by Henry March 18, 09 04:04 AM
183.

Truly amazing pics....Loved it..And I love my country :)

Posted by Mehak March 18, 09 04:32 AM
184.

Best comment goes to no. 131..

Posted by Gautam March 18, 09 04:58 AM
185.

I participated in the game of colors some time back, got drenched in bucket full of colored water. It was so crazy while i was participating and thoroughly enjoyed throwing colors on others , but the second half of the game....the cleaning part ...
oh! it was nightmarish.
The pictures are good and refreshed all the memories.

Posted by Rekha March 18, 09 07:54 AM
186.

Nice pics, really captures the spirit of holi.
Everyone forgets their caste, colour and social status, the major ill factors plaguing India, this day .

Posted by travelindia-guide.com March 18, 09 09:53 AM
187.

I really and truly miss INDIA for all the festivals it have and the way they are being celebrated....

Posted by Lucks March 18, 09 09:56 AM
188.

Love the pictures, toally incredible stuff.

Posted by Suraj Odedra March 18, 09 11:26 AM
189.

Beautiful, Awesome, Fabulous.................

Posted by Pramod March 18, 09 01:37 PM
190.

yes a treat.we would also as kids spray somekind of coloured water that would disappear as it touched the spotless white clothes of passersby in the afternoon ie after hours.the looks of anger and frustration only added to the fun.

Posted by anna g March 18, 09 03:06 PM
191.

Don't know what to say, i am spellbound.Holi seems more colourful than it was ever for me.Great pictures,it brings out the true spirit of the festival.

Posted by Madhumita Sarkar March 18, 09 03:39 PM
192.

disgusting festival - good to have missed it

Posted by Ma March 18, 09 10:47 PM
193.

need to go to the next one as well....awesome pics

Posted by martin March 19, 09 10:48 AM
194.

Laiiiiiiiiii Bhari Pictures.

Posted by shambhu March 19, 09 11:28 AM
195.

Only natural colours made from flowers and vegetables etc. should be used so as to keep HOLI wholesome fun. Synthetic chemicals that are being used must be made illegal and banned. This will keep Holi Holy.

Posted by Vimal Sehgal March 19, 09 01:49 PM
196.

Oh what great pics.....wish i were there....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paAJVwgraN8

Posted by Uppal March 19, 09 09:12 PM
197.

colourful india............

Posted by neenu jose m March 20, 09 01:05 AM
198.

Beautiful!
Wonderful!
Nice capture of colors and the happines!

Posted by Mukund March 20, 09 02:41 AM
199.

awesome pics ... very artistically captured ... simply loved the pic# 14.

Posted by hiren March 20, 09 04:19 AM
200.

YEH INDIYA MERA YAAR , YAHAN ISHQ MOBAT PYAAR.

Posted by SUKHDEEP March 20, 09 05:32 AM
201.

Look How they are enjoying (Pic # 20).
Really, no need to have one million of dollars to be happy.

Posted by kunal March 20, 09 06:18 AM
202.

lovely pictures .

Posted by sukumar March 20, 09 08:07 AM
203.

Riot of colors!!!

Posted by Suyash March 20, 09 12:33 PM
204.

I feel so...dirty.
I bet it would be fun, but I can't help thinking about the mess cleaning up! Fun times, though, it looks like, and so bright!

Posted by Tatts March 20, 09 04:37 PM
205.

India - Qween of Colours
great photps and lots of love to the people of India

Posted by nurit henig March 20, 09 07:04 PM
206.

I a from Zimbabwe, I am very shocked to realize that all my life I lived very close to India I did not know they celebrate like that. Its HUGE and I just felt like I was there because when we were kids in Africa we drenched ourselves with unbeilivable suff mud cow dung you name it. But nothing as clean and festive like that HOLI celebnration. Soon I will be trreavelling to home Arica I definately wanna do it just to experienceit. WOOOOOOOOH!

Posted by Olivia T. Cater March 20, 09 11:00 PM
207.

Peace is overrated. Bring on the WAR .
_+_
ME

Posted by mememe March 20, 09 11:54 PM
208.

A very interesting,wonderful and enjoyable selection.In a way you have successfuly displayed the Holi scenes from East,West,North,South and the Central parts of India. Congratulations!

Posted by sita Ram Goyal March 21, 09 08:41 AM
209.

I love India. I love this people. I lived there for 9 months and felt in love with all this amazing culture.

Posted by Cristiane March 21, 09 11:03 AM
210.

Totally incredible stuff!!

Posted by JC Couto March 21, 09 05:20 PM
211.

Proud to be indian

Posted by Nihil Jain March 22, 09 01:43 AM
212.

Could I please get your job?

Posted by J March 22, 09 01:52 PM
213.

Wonderful colorful pictures! I really like all the motion and movement. I wonder if this powder is any good for the photographer's expensive cameras and lenses?

Posted by Magikarp March 23, 09 06:02 AM
214.

Amazing pics from different regions of INDIA..but still reflecting the same joy n beauty of the festival.I am proud to be Indian, n a part of such wonderful culture.

Posted by Gagan Sharma March 23, 09 11:34 AM
215.

Thank you so much for such excellent pictures. Made me miss my home so much!!

Posted by Tanu March 23, 09 12:53 PM
216.

EAST OR WEST INDIA IS THE BEST!

Posted by kokila March 23, 09 02:44 PM
217.

Oh, I miss being home in Calcutta! Holi is "doljatra" in Bengal. I used to touch the elders' feet with colored powder in the mornings before going out, and run from our scary-looking elder cousins who came to greet us.
You have to put coconut oil on your skin before going out to play Holi; that lets you slip away from attackers' grips and won't let the color stick to your skin. And the playing gets as rough as you want it to get--if you stay among family and friends, it's tame (safe colors, music and sweets) ; outside your own neighborhood, you better watch out :-)

Posted by DB March 23, 09 03:00 PM
218.

Absolutley wonderous.
I just adore the Indian culture, I hope someday I will be able to partake in these festivities.

Posted by victoria March 23, 09 09:56 PM
219.

The photos are amazing. It fills your heart by joy. Thanks

Posted by Sudesh March 23, 09 10:43 PM
220.

Here is the amazing and increadble India and the unity of Indian community

Posted by Vipin Kumar Bhati March 24, 09 02:43 AM
221.

Ha-ha-ha

Everybody poor and happy.

Posted by Labanca March 24, 09 07:40 PM
222.

These are really nice pics!awesome!!

Posted by Kittu March 26, 09 02:12 AM
223.

it's the freedom of every relegion

Posted by Arshad Khan March 26, 09 07:39 AM
224.

Fabulous India...

Posted by didier March 26, 09 08:42 AM
225.

I experienced this amazing festival for myself this year in India - http://www.tanya-n.com/?p=213

I'd definitely consider going back again for it. All the festivals in India are worth experiencing!

Posted by Tanya March 26, 09 09:43 AM
226.

you guys have missed the best part of holi i e.. thandai with bhang, crude form of cannabis, flows like a river ganga ... that s added fun

Posted by Goutham March 26, 09 10:53 AM
227.

Feeling nostalgic. Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures...

Posted by debejyo March 26, 09 11:51 AM
228.

No wonder former president Bill Clinton loves to be there.

Posted by Z. Iqbal March 26, 09 03:38 PM
229.

I had a hard time to breath looking at all color on people face and up their noses.

Posted by jai ho March 26, 09 08:43 PM
230.

HOLI ROCKS! COLOURS MAKE IT ALL...

Posted by SHILPA March 26, 09 08:47 PM
231.

Awesome shots :)

Posted by Gracelyne March 27, 09 05:05 AM
232.

Great...reminded me of my Holi days in Delhi...makes me wish I could go back HOME!!!

Posted by Sujatha March 27, 09 11:00 AM
233.

I've always wondered if the colored powder is lead free.

Posted by Jooveria Syed March 27, 09 05:17 PM
234.

I agree with Vimal's comment. (#195) I think this is a beautiful festival in the celebration of life and spring, but it started with only natural pigments that were non-toxic...as an artist to see so many synthetic and chemical as well as toxic natural pigments thrown into people's faces makes me worry for their health. Powdered pigments can be the most damaging way of accidentally inhaling toxic substances and the skin is the body's largest organ. I love India and all of its celebrations and practice many rituals myself, but I agree with Vimal, to keep in the true spirit, one must remain with loving connection with the earth and not use harmful and especially synthetic or chemical compounds in such celebrations.

Posted by Anonymous March 28, 09 11:08 AM
235.

These photos are absolutely brilliant and beautiful! I've looked at them 3 times today...so much happiness and colour! I LOVE IT!

Posted by Mandy March 28, 09 05:33 PM
236.

i agree with ams.

Posted by ams March 29, 09 02:32 AM
237.

looking at this pictures brought back so many wonderful childhood memories....preparing buckets of coloured water the day before...filling water balloons and then throwing them at strangers...and then later as we grew older, riding around town on vespa's, celebrating with friends and sometimes strangers...

i miss those times as i live in the US and half the time when you are here you dont even know what festival people are celebrating back home.
the only plus point is that i live in the bay area in northern california and ever year a holi get together is organises at stanford college by not for profit organisation called Asha....so if your ever in the bay area area around that time of year try to go...its will give you a tiny but happy glimpse into what holi is about....
Happy Holi
http://events.stanford.edu/events/177/17789/
http://ashanet.org


Posted by karishma March 29, 09 03:46 PM
238.

#12 is my favorite...

Posted by Mike March 29, 09 04:14 PM
239.

This existing in this world is beauty

Posted by Javier March 29, 09 06:37 PM
240.

Looks like a different version of Mardi Gras! Fun, cool... on my way,

Posted by Lynn March 29, 09 10:06 PM
241.

Imagine getting high and being in that type of environment. many colors

Posted by Alex March 30, 09 10:44 AM
242.

very gude pottogrfar

Posted by a latheef March 30, 09 12:48 PM
243.

Wonderfull, not only this series, but all the photo series of The Big Picture are very good. Great size and amount. And I say this being a photographer myself. (www.conditionhumaine.nl)

Posted by Ronald March 30, 09 03:43 PM
244.

it'S toooooooooo Gooooooooooood...:):)

Posted by Pradeep Mishra March 31, 09 12:22 AM
245.

I have never ever heard of Holi before, but I am deeply captivated and moved by the photos of this celebration. Good work!

Posted by Ashton March 31, 09 04:20 PM
246.

I LOVE THE WORLD MORE BECAUSE OF THESE PHOTOS :)

Posted by LARA April 2, 09 08:47 AM
247.

These photos bring me joy, seeing people that are happy to be together and celebrating. I hope to be in India one day during this festival, everyone looks so beautiful.

Posted by Mary Meyers April 4, 09 11:37 AM
248.

indias uniquenes in terms of festivals, philosophy,attire, inventions is mind blowing!!!!! good idea to share the pictures. Brings back nostalgic memories!

Posted by shanta dubey April 5, 09 11:29 PM
249.

I am not Hindu, but attended this year's Holi celebration at a temple outside Chicago. It was excellent! The feeling of fun and warmth can't be described - everyone joins in and has a great time. When people started covering us with colors, it felt like a huge hug, and we loved throwing powder on everyone -- the little kids were especially excited to see the non-Indians joining in the fun, and chased us around (the powder is actually colored flour, so it doesn't burn your eyes). The dancing, the laughing, the glorious, colorful mess.
Here is my post on the day:
http://chicagochronicles.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2009-03-14T22%3A48%3A00-05%3A00&max-results=7

Posted by JoyC April 6, 09 12:08 PM
250.

Feeling so proud that, I belong to this land of color and joy ! Peace to the world !

#144 - Rajeev, India (as a whole) rocks( In spite of people like u) !

Posted by Shan April 6, 09 05:23 PM
251.

Crazy traditions, people are nuts!

Posted by Rich April 7, 09 03:55 AM
252.

people look happy

Posted by yujin April 7, 09 01:57 PM
253.

What a cute festival! I wanna be there.

Posted by everpassenger April 7, 09 01:58 PM
254.

Thank you. This is lovely.
JM

Posted by Anonymous April 7, 09 03:37 PM
255.

These photographs are so lovely,lively,artisitic and well shot.
It relates to the joy and happiness of Holi,where people forget all differences and join together to clebrate this great festival.
All that I could say is simply Amazing....

Posted by M.N.George - Amateur photographer April 8, 09 05:09 AM
256.

MEN, WOMEN, OLDIES, BOYS, GIRLS, KIDS & INFANTS.
PEOPLE OF ALL AGES ENJOY THIS FESTIVAL OF COLOURS & LOVE.
THESE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE ONE OF THE MANY REASONS TO CELEBRATE INDIA !!!
SALAAAM INDIA !!! JAI HO INDIA !!!
--- JAI HIND ---

Posted by KUNTAL RAJ JAIN April 8, 09 07:48 AM
257.

nice pics !

Posted by Bruno Lamanna ( brazil ) April 8, 09 09:04 AM
258.

It reminded me of teenage era and having BHANG with fastivity

Posted by NINA GANDHI April 8, 09 12:21 PM
259.

Hats off to Photographers !!!
For potraying the BEST INDIA...

Posted by priyambika April 9, 09 03:24 AM
260.

1 through 27 were good, but I couldn,t call up the rest!

Posted by William Weihe April 14, 09 06:50 PM
261.

I love the pics, the colors! Thanks for share with us! :)

Posted by Marianne April 15, 09 02:14 AM
262.

They are amazing photos, thanks a lot for sharing them with us!

Posted by Marianna April 22, 09 04:18 AM
263.

They were Great man.
Thanks

Posted by Behzad April 24, 09 01:43 AM
264.

They have a version here in Utah! Same thing. Huge Hindu temple in Provo. Thousands of people go. It's SO fun!

Posted by Keeten April 24, 09 12:37 PM
265.

Wonderful photos...thanks to the person who said it was colored flour so it wouldn't burn people's eyes...but what is the color made from? It would seem to me that any paints or pigments that vibrant would have to be very toxic...Can someone please explain what the color composition is???

Posted by Barbara Hamaker May 2, 09 04:52 PM
266.

amazing

Posted by Kim May 8, 09 08:34 PM
267.

kittenlike friskness happy purr beautiful colours joyous purr purr happy
wonderful fun smile purr happy-kitten-wriggle-on-grass playfulness
oh I want this for the whole world forever forever forever every day
love purr happy purr

Posted by Julian May 19, 09 04:21 AM
268.

I first heard about Holi six months ago and thought it was the most beautiful thing ever. Came across these pictures and I still think that it's the most amazing celebration a person could have ever come up with. I wanted to go to India at some point, but seeing this solidifies that. I have to go in the springtime. I want to be a part of this.

Posted by Banhammer May 23, 09 09:20 PM
269.

really amazing pictures...i have bin in India one time Goa is it's amazing country..

love it

Posted by Maarten May 27, 09 05:04 PM
270.

wonderfullllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

Posted by beatriz angarita June 2, 09 07:08 PM
271.

isme mujhe pyar mohabbat dekhane ko mili.
maze aa gaye
ladkiyan bahut acchi hain i meen cute.......

Posted by rahul June 9, 09 07:09 AM
272.

sean gravy was there it was so cool

Posted by bay June 17, 09 09:44 AM
273.

NICE ............COOL..................., MARAVILHOSO OBRIGADO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Caruso June 20, 09 06:24 PM
274.

These are amazing pictures, this shows how colorful we Indians are. GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...................

Posted by Pawan Sharma June 24, 09 06:59 PM
275.

amazing pictures.
thanx for sharing.

Posted by daphna June 27, 09 07:08 PM
276.

i want to throw a party like this!!! where do i get this paint?!

Posted by ruth June 28, 09 12:42 PM
277.

Beautyful Pictures of this funny Festival of Colours,so another Graffiti...!-)

Posted by Etyl July 1, 09 11:56 AM
278.

i am captivated! what amazing images and what an amazing festival! this should be celebrated in more places, it is so very beautiful and the world could use more color!

Posted by Jennifer July 9, 09 03:59 PM
279.

Mindblowing! Amazing pics! Really refreshing! Beautiful country!

Posted by FelixCostaRica July 9, 09 10:23 PM
280.

Beautyful Pictures.Vivid picture.

Posted by five July 15, 09 02:30 AM
281.

they never bother for their skins :d

Posted by namana July 16, 09 01:14 PM
282.

This is fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing!

Posted by Zoe July 20, 09 03:59 PM
283.

So much joy and happiness. Wonderful !

Posted by Dongedy July 22, 09 01:44 PM
284.

fantastico!!!

Posted by florencia July 24, 09 09:21 AM
285.

what a nice pics its so enjoyable i wish i can attend next time

Posted by tomegato August 16, 09 02:08 AM
286.

that is really cool :) its amazing !

Posted by Georgia August 16, 09 07:32 PM
287.

it makes me smile

Posted by Anonymous August 19, 09 08:19 PM
288.

hi

Posted by Anonymous August 25, 09 11:15 PM
289.

now there's a party

Posted by andrew September 7, 09 06:01 PM
290.

Thank you so much I used some info here for a project!!!!!
THANKS

Posted by Shelly September 27, 09 11:06 AM
291.

I was back in Guyana this year in time for Holi. Totally incredible experience to have had after being absent for over two decades.. Water in the morning and then after mandir services, clouds of colored powder and abhir on the garments. What made it more enchanting, on that day 'Surya Narayana' was at His best. A wonderful glow of silver to complement the occasion. Indra was nowhere to be seen!

Posted by Ram Budhu October 26, 09 03:56 PM
292.

beautiful pictures, really amazing close ups, and i love the one of the boy.

Posted by Michelle Viljoen November 6, 09 11:48 AM
293.

Good collection.

Posted by suranava nandan November 7, 09 04:33 AM
294.

Just excellent!

Great pictures

Posted by Anonymous November 9, 09 10:06 AM
295.

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Estrella November 11, 09 01:08 AM
296.

What a ColourFull India.......

Woppieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee..................


aha ahaha haha ha ha

Posted by Hitesh Patel December 2, 09 11:52 PM
297.

wow i really love this!!! im going to do it for my project

Posted by yanna December 14, 09 12:24 PM
298.

Que belo, que lindo, que alegria, que bom ter a oportunidade de ver imagens tão brilhantes e felizes!!

Posted by Aurélio Velho December 30, 09 10:41 AM
299.

hello my name is basanta this festival is big of the hindhu colours of days.

Posted by basanta January 13, 10 08:25 AM
300.

nice colors

Posted by asdfasdfasdf January 20, 10 06:08 AM
301.

Awesome pictures. I saw these pictures and just booked the tickets to my home town for holi. Now I started counting days for the holi.
I am very excited this year as last year I was out of town and was in bed because of an accident.

Posted by Pradeep January 21, 10 03:29 AM
302.

These photos are amazing!

Posted by Lydia January 24, 10 06:50 AM
303.

The festival is celebrated to cherish friendship and brotherhood. If you are having trouble with your neighbor this is the best day to invade his home eat his sweets and smear color on him, and believe me from next day things get really normal.. after all this is the day when we hug an say let bygones be bygones. traditionally colours are made from different plants and flowers, like marigold for yellow and sandal wood etc etc... older times had vegetable dyes.. ofcourse with industrialization came chemicals.. what we have even smeared grease on friends.. and yes the "Holi effect*" can last upto a week or so when you were attacked in the middle of your morning sleep and had no time to smear oil! The bhang, the sweets and many more dishes specially associated with holi are just awesome! We would carry sweets and a huge drum in an open mini truck and visit all friends houses, or a strangers, all boundaries are shed on this day and people cover themselves in color so as not to be distinguished from anyone else.. you may not know the name or the origin of the person whom you play holi with.... you just play Holi to share happiness!.. it around the corner now.... let me make list :)

* Holi effect can be from the colors in your hair or in between your nails. Of course it can also be a two day long high from bhang!

Posted by Waddy January 26, 10 02:42 AM
304.

Nice album. Very good .....

Posted by Satyajit Biswas January 28, 10 04:30 AM
305.

IM INDIAN AND I LIVE IN AMERICA...WE DON'T GET TOO HAVE AS MUCH FUN AS THEY ARE(:

Posted by Chardinai McMillian January 28, 10 01:53 PM
306.

GODD HOLI 2010

Posted by RAKESH KUMAR February 17, 10 10:35 AM
307.

The best Holi pics i cud find on the net!! Great job man :) Happy Holi 2010 to u!!

Posted by Vineet Aggarwal February 19, 10 10:26 AM
308.

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! its wonderfulllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!

Posted by MANURBHAV February 21, 10 07:54 AM
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The photos are just awesome!!! Great Job!!! Sure you must have had fun doing this too!!!

Posted by Swapnil February 23, 10 02:44 PM
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Thank you for your Holy festiviel photo

Posted by Tika February 25, 10 01:00 AM
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wow, really i am felling happy, to see these picture.

Posted by kabita February 25, 10 02:23 AM
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wish you very happy holi 2010

Posted by Bhoodev sharma February 27, 10 01:03 AM
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Type your comment here...

Posted by Anonymous February 28, 10 01:08 AM
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Wonderfull Pictures !!

Posted by Buch February 28, 10 01:16 AM
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Me hizo recordar los dias de Carnaval en Peru. Tanto color, alegria y vida

Posted by Pilar Lobo February 28, 10 07:37 PM
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wish you happy holy for google and all wolrd wide.:)

Posted by gopalgiri February 28, 10 11:21 PM
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wish you happy holy for google and all wolrd wide peoples :)

Posted by Gopalgiri & Julie from India February 28, 10 11:43 PM
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Beautiful snaps of Holi.

Posted by Thomas Zacharia March 1, 10 03:21 AM
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Wonderful!!! Wish I was there...

Posted by Vaibhav Dhandarphale March 1, 10 08:48 AM
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Pretty Pretty Please can we do this?
[What a great community event! -Safe, fun and healthy intimate interactions, a positive carnivalesque, great for all ages, and a fabulous way to celebrate diversity, especially in America!]

Posted by Stephanie March 2, 10 12:37 AM
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Fantastic photographs, I could almost here the sounds in the background

Posted by Judith van Praag March 2, 10 12:27 PM
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Breathtaking pics..esp 14 and 23!`

Posted by Venkat March 3, 10 12:11 PM
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great pic!!!....good job

Posted by Durgesh Sharma March 4, 10 09:39 AM
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Really really great pictures ....
I feel great for being the part of this celebration !
(^_^)

Posted by Mahesh March 10, 10 04:59 AM
325.

ça fait du bien !
ça donne de la couleur au coeur !
...et au corps !!

Posted by mathilde l March 11, 10 04:04 AM
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The pics are Fantastic.. They are simply wowwwwwwwwwwwww...

The photographers have done an amazing job in capturing the spirit of Holi..

Thanks to everyone.. from photographers to the IT guy who uploaded these pics.. !!

Posted by Nirav Mehta March 11, 10 10:45 PM
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I'm feeling nostalgic too... :))

Posted by Ioana March 16, 10 08:09 AM
328.

Just learned about Holi last semester. It is an amazing holiday. Pictures are wonderful. What vibrant colors!! Makes me want to go next year.

Posted by Cheryl March 17, 10 02:08 PM
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Holi, is the one of the Best Festivals in India. It comes in the seasons of sweet spring. It comes with a lots of hope. This seasons is the seasons of making love friendship and give the news the rest of the world is life is not fade in color., life is colourful.

Posted by Anonymous March 18, 10 08:08 AM
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what a festival!!!!!!!!!!!!,i wish one day i be there to take part.

Posted by jennifer April 9, 10 04:15 PM
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hello i love this because is a fantastic festival one of the most im`portant in indian i love next sunday i will prepare a `party similar if you want to go yuo are invited

Posted by carlina May 5, 10 09:10 PM
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I like them..!!!

Posted by Manuel May 26, 10 01:59 AM
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Cool!!!!. Mega positive photos!

Posted by Skai July 22, 10 03:56 AM
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the pictures are really awesome

Posted by joel July 27, 10 10:23 AM
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India looks very beautiful we should not cut any forest we have to maintain the beauty,let India be a beautiful country.

jaihind

Posted by joel July 27, 10 10:42 AM
336.

wonderful pictures! gives me an appreciation for their holiday and culture! what else are we missing around the world that would bring joy???????

Posted by J September 11, 10 12:20 AM
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gr8 pics...absolutely praiseworthy

Posted by tanvi October 5, 10 05:25 AM
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Fantastic shots.. Enjoyed myself looking at photos which well captured blend of culture, colors, smiles , excitements..and Oneness.. ..good job photographer... well done...keep up the good work of art... :)

Posted by Renu Muniandy October 6, 10 10:06 PM
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These pictures are amazing. I wish they did things like this in New York!

Posted by Katie December 10, 10 11:33 PM
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Thanks man 4 the pics I wanna go there
I must live this before death.

Posted by vale January 16, 11 07:29 PM
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hujjkhuhuhuhuhuhiuhiuhuihuihuihuihhuhuhuj

Posted by Anonymous March 3, 11 11:15 AM
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really INDIA is incradible!

Posted by Anonymous March 15, 11 12:32 AM
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greatttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

Posted by Anonymous March 17, 11 02:18 AM
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Holi is near n i could not celebrate it in austria...i m missing my frens a lot..i wish i could go Nepal for a day...last holi was awesome...happy holi guys ..enjoy n hav fun

Posted by Lucky Thapa March 17, 11 03:43 AM
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Fantastic shots.. Enjoyed myself looking at photos which well captured blend of culture, colors, smiles , excitements..and Oneness.. ..good job photographer...Relay Nice.... well done...keep up the good work of art... :)

Posted by Arijit Majumdar March 17, 11 08:11 AM
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superb

Posted by deep March 17, 11 12:52 PM
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gr8 photo
really hart touching shots

Posted by vaibhav gupta March 18, 11 02:00 AM
348.

Type your comment here...holi is a very best festival .i like this festival.
"holi ke din hum aneko mithaiya banate he or ak dusre ko rang lagate he'"
happy holi
chirag goasl

Posted by Anonymous March 18, 11 12:43 PM
349.

this is so awsome and now i really want to go their just for this

Posted by chuck March 18, 11 01:54 PM
350.

i like this coooooooool........

Posted by vijay March 19, 11 03:16 AM
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coot MA LAND

Posted by UJUU March 19, 11 06:24 AM
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nice pics..crezy but this is true india ..enjoy every festival...

Posted by minaxi March 19, 11 06:45 AM
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amazing , no words could describe this festival . Actually i'am studying
Indian civilization and our teacher asked us to prepare a presentation about India i thought about elephant then came the idea of the holi festival i saw it in films but i wish i could be there and experienced by myself and. Now i have a topic about my presentation soooooooooooooooo thanksssssssss.

Posted by mayssa March 19, 11 09:20 AM
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great yrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Posted by Anonymous March 19, 11 01:16 PM
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Watching these pictures makes me want to become an Indian ....
but I can't; I am a Nigerian. And then, I want to marry an Indian ....
but I can't; I am married.

Posted by Reuby March 19, 11 02:56 PM
356.

my best wishes to all my friends happy holi

Posted by vinod kumar March 20, 11 09:00 AM
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Wonderful, Superb
I feel so proud to be an Indian
Lets keep all our festivals alive where ever we may be

Posted by Dipali Bhuyan March 20, 11 11:05 PM
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welcomming spring the festival of holi is all colours just like the parks bursting into colour after dull winter.Narsihma avatar needs to be understood with all the colours.Krishna made play divine.Holi is divine play.

Posted by a rose bush March 22, 11 08:51 PM
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Holi and clolurs with photographs glorifying the fun.It is all honest play.Love it.

Posted by Hansa Patel March 22, 11 09:48 PM
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thakyou

Posted by Anonymous March 28, 11 02:27 PM
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We want to go there during Holi festiva!! (Age 12 and 10)

Posted by Bailey and Bryce March 31, 11 11:41 AM
362.

dat coollllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by jack off April 6, 11 02:34 PM
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the best photos on this festival on the web, thank you!!

Posted by A April 20, 11 03:22 AM
364.

its cool

Posted by me May 3, 11 05:37 PM
365.

great photos,awesome collection,supreb job,fantastic view. i really want to b part of it.

Posted by aryan May 13, 11 10:27 AM
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