Today with the advent of Spring the whole of India springs to life celebrating the festival of colour and love named 'Holi'.
The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair ruptured relationships. Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring's abundant colours and saying farewell to winter.
There is no tradition of holding puja (prayer), and the day is for partying and pure enjoyment. Children and youth groups form armed with dry colours, coloured solution, means to fill and spray others with coloured solution (pichkaris), balloons that can hold coloured water, and other creative means to colour their targets.
It is also the day to forgive and forget and generate harmony in the society. Intoxicating traditional drinks like 'bhaang' and various other sherbets contribute a lot to this forgiving and forgetting part :-)
It is my favourite festival out of the many Indian festivals simply because it embraces all.
Pictured above is a shop selling colours on Holi eve in Kolkata. In the WS photos you can see how the colours are used. I took a few selfies of me drenched in colour but sadly could not upload them due to TE regulations.
Wish you all a very Happy Holi!!
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shreya2000 (2511) 2014-03-16 2:11
Holi mubarak to you and your family.
Gulal in different colours looking very nice. Get ready for tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.
tenretin (2559) 2014-03-16 2:22
Very nice picture, well exposed and well composed. The colors are natural.
Nicou (142048) 2014-03-16 2:32
Merveilleuse iamge et compo quelle couleur et effet cette poudre sur ce plat sueprbe compo.
bravo et amitié
snunney (99000) 2014-03-16 2:52
A colourful well composed image to celebrate the start of this iconic festival. Excellent saturated colours and very good sharpness.
COSTANTINO (65216) 2014-03-16 2:52
Good morning dear friend
fantastic colorful composition with a great symbolism
of celebration the festival of color and love
named Holi your notes are very useful explaining
the meaning of this festival concerning the
victoy of good over evil
vivid capture welldone and wellseen
Fis2 (97571) 2014-03-16 3:59
Paint colors are impressive!
Good frame and depth.
Have a nice afternoon
timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-16 4:07
this festival is something that has always fascinated me. Seeing all the elements here in this shot makes it all the more tangible. Would really love to be able to join in. Thanks for giving us a bit more insight to the preparations and also the event itself in the workshop images. Wonderful!
Have an enjoyable Sunday - B.
yquem46 (38752) 2014-03-16 4:09
Happy Holi, enjoy your day and have fun
Noel_Byrne (31126) 2014-03-16 4:29
What a brilliant festival this is. I have seen footage on tv of this before and it looks like so much fun and a dram for any photographer. Last year, Holi was celebrated in Dublin at trinity college, but I missed it, and I have not heard of this happening this year. I love that you have chosen the colored powders for your subject here, it creates a sense of excitement as we picture people dipping into the bowls and colouring everything in sight. Really novel idea to post this subject in this way, and your control over depth of field has made this a really cool picture.
Happy Holi to you and yours.
mirosu (16227) 2014-03-16 6:07
Excellent colourful arrangement with many nice details.
I like the well chosen vertical arrangement and also well controlled BG blur.
Very well done.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-03-16 6:45
Hello dear Subho,
wish you happy holi... In this occation you celebrate with a nice and colourful one. The colours of India. Very good composition and nice presentation in vertical. Well done. Tfs.
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-03-16 8:07
interesting note and very cheerful picture which illustrates lovely the festival. It must be amazing experience to be part of it.
I like tight framing in here which helps focus on the colors of the powder.
Thanks for sharing
rychem (36001) 2014-03-16 10:08
It is a photo with a very positive connotation, colorful and bright, you have shown a full color palette, very well captured
Gigidusud (21147) 2014-03-16 13:59
Happy Holi! I've seen this traditional festival in a TV report and I love it!
Beautiful picture with splendid colors and nice texture. Nice WS too. I like it!
Thanks for sharing.
PaulVDV (29017) 2014-03-16 14:20
What a colour festival in this shop and on the clothes of the children in the WS.
And after the festivities you have the large laundry day :)
Best regards, Paul
nikkitta (17066) 2014-03-16 17:58
Such a colorful and well composed picture to celebrate this traditional festival, along with an informative note and good WS, like more the first one, where all are ´participating
Hope you enjoy it
Congrats and tfs
Graal (102858) 2014-03-17 8:55
amazing colorful image and fun in WS. Nice reportage. Good photo-work. I like it.
Have a nice evening.
Cricri (119457) 2014-03-17 11:03
C'est une très jolie fête, plein d'amour , de tendresse, de sympathie envers son prochain, c'est aussi plein de gaieté, j'aime beaucoup les couleurs de la présentation et les deux WS
mcmtanyel (22596) 2014-03-17 12:15
What a colorful photo to commemorate the colorful day. Let us hope that the dyes children use in their water are washable, otherwise I would not want to wear my best suit on that day!
Good use of selective focus.
rbassin (22811) 2014-03-17 12:28
c'est une très belle composition, les couleurs sont magnifiques, bonne profondeur.
Un thème de fête intéressant, sur les rencontres, le pardon et la réconciliation, si j'ai bien compris la note.
dekanski (5236) 2014-03-17 14:23
Great, like it!!!
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-03-18 9:42
This is a festival I would love to witness Subho but if I attended I would dress in my oldest clothes I think!
Your closely cropped photograph shows the garish colours of the pigments to great effect and I can imagine these being thrown at whomsoever happens to fall into the firing line.
What a wonderful way to welcome spring!
Silvio1953 (143106) 2014-03-18 12:52
Ciao Subho, lovely and original composition with fantastic colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2014-03-22 12:41
a very nice palette of colors. original shot.
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-03-23 11:37
This is fantastic, wonderful colours, so vibrant, this is what I imagine I will see when visiting, later on in the year,The Colours of India hey.
Well managed and presented, Tfs,
ourania (45404) 2014-04-05 2:05
a wonderful composition of colours. The impact of the vivid colours and the dynamic perspective is superb, the textures are enticing and there's a strong sense of joy and anticipation. You used the light very well and captured an agreeable atmosphere. The festival sounds like great fun, it must have a healing effect for everyone participating. The workshop pictures are delightful. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
Kaisa71 (228) 2014-06-22 11:09
Nice COLORFUL shot of Indian important Holi festival. The colors take all my attention as background is nicely blur. I left India only few days before Holi started (in 2007) so never experienced the day so also thanks for sharing great introduction about the meaning of Holi.