Throw Color at the Holi Festival in India

Burnt spices, blood red paprika, golden stained saffron and silks of silver and blue – as soon as you set foot in India you will be blown away by the orgasmic shades of sheer color. Those who touch down during the Holi festival are in for a truly vibrant and vivacious treat as they enter a world of rainbow delights, no holds barred fun and spiritual celebrations.

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The Holi Festival is all about embracing the seasons and celebrating the change from the bleak of winter and stepping forward into spring. Perhaps in lieu of a world born again in bloom, in India they celebrate this by literally hurling color at everything in sight.

Of course, you cannot visit India during this period and expect to stay pristine, getting out into the street, choosing a bucket of color and going wild with complete strangers is the only way to fully experience the magic of Holi. Those with a keen eye for photography will never find anything as amazing as this moment, particularly in the lively and bright cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.

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There is nothing more infectious then seeing a whole city come out to play, to watch women throw their heads back and laugh as they douse each other in vibrant pink powder, to see grown men clutch their sides in uproar as they smatter their white trousers with orange and blue and to see small children scream and gallop is nothing short of pure magic.

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Along the explosion of color there is also water to be thrown and many will come armed with bright balloons and water guns to soak each other in the spirit of things. On this afternoon of raucous fun, endless laughter and bursts of beautiful color you will see whole communities come together, travelers and locals unite and everyone spreading the sheer joy of love, the essence of Hinduism.

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Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes is a seasoned writer and an avid surfer with continuously itchy feet and a love of the finer things in life. After traveling through the continent with a touring band, living in Paris, Amsterdam and under the Auroras Borealis, she is now in Bulgaria where she attempts to piece together her first poetry collection.
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