Life in India
Even if you know little of the myth and legend surrounding the Hindu festival of Holi, you’ll no doubt know it from the paint-throwing parties that are fast becoming legendary throughout the land; turning the ‘green and pleasant’ landscape Britain’s best known for every colour of the rainbow.
There’s something about flinging a fistful of gulal – coloured pigment powder – into the air. Your cares seem to go with it into the ether; then there’s a feeling of sheer euphoria as it rains down on your skin, hair, and clothes, settling in all the nooks and crannies you never knew you had.
If you partake in one of these parties, you’ll know about it for days. But that’s no reason to stay away. You will, of course, eventually return to your usual colour. And until then, depending on your tint, you can just blame it on jaundice, a heart condition, or sheer apoplexy. It’s nothing a bit of extensive washing won’t cure, and you’d be mad to miss out.
Life in Russia
I love writing about holidays, celebrations and live-affirming traditions from around the world. On this blog, I have written extensively about the Russian New Year celebration, March 8 – the International Women’s Day, as well as about various Chinese New Year celebrations and traditions. I have also written about the festivity that was the Sochi Olympics.
Two years ago, when this blog was just starting out, my friend from India, Pranjal Borthakur, and I did a post together. That post immediately became one of the popular posts on my blog. It was about Holi, the famous Hindu festival of colors, as well as about Pranjal’s school. Read the original post (with great pics + history and traditions of Holi): Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors, with Guest Pranjal Borthakur.