Uniting Colours of Holi!

India is a country of myriad cultures and even more festivals, some celebrated by people of specific regions or religions, while others celebrated across the country. If you are not familiar with India, it is very important to remember, that it is many countries in one.

Holi, the festival of colours, is one such festival which was celebrated across the country yesterday. Most popular in the northern part, nonetheless, people across the country enjoy dunking their friends in different shades of colours on this day! It is a festival celebrated by both old and young, rich and poor, men and women. Hence, the title – Uniting Colours of Holi.

As with most Indian festivals, the origin of Holi is also steeped in Hindu mythology. If you are interested to learn more about it, you can check out my post published during last year’s Holi.

But, I would like to believe and hope that the festival of Holi goes beyond mere religion, and is, in fact a great unifier.

It is a major risk to photograph something whose main ingredients are water and powdered colours, the greatest enemies known to photography gear.

However, if it’s there, it has to be shot! 🙂

Some more photographs, assuming you liked what you saw in the gallery!

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Hope these moments brought a smile to your face. 🙂

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90 thoughts on “Uniting Colours of Holi!

    • Ah! Thank you Snowflake! As usual, you are so kind!! I am afraid, by the time I had finished, the people I was photographing had put so much colour on my face, I was quite scared for the safety of my gear…so I decided to run back home before any substantial damage could occur! 🙂 So, no Selfie! 😀

    • Thank you so much!! Actually the kids were very nice and obedient, and even if they wanted to do some mischief, their parents were keeping a sharp eye…yup, I was well and truly covered! 🙂

    • Thanks a lot Paula!! 🙂 🙂 Even I am quite happy with the result, considering I was out for some 30-40 minutes..And thankfully, camera seems ok enough…the kids and the parents were quite careful about the camera…and whatever colour was applied onto my face, was with permission, except for one good hearted but over enthusiastic lady, who wanted to smear my face, but when I told her that colouring me, would prevent me from taking her photographs, she stopped!! 🙂 All in all, a good day at office! 🙂

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  3. Your pictures coupled with your writing are a colourful insight to a place that I have never been but would love to go. No doubt protective filters would have been a must to take your Holi-photos. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you! And yes, you should definitely try visiting India once…its a place worth experiencing! 🙂 Wel…for my Holi photos, I only used the UV filter which I always use…the other protection I used was that of distance, using the 55-300mm lens to avoid getting too close to the kids…Are there any other filters one can use?

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  7. Outstanding. The images amazing and so full of color and life. I was so fortunate to have backpacked in so many remote areas and witness to many local celebrations and customs. I only wish I had captured them. Your work brings these memories back to me. Thanks.

      • At the end I was full coloured! When I arrived at the place, I meet some friends from India with bigs, really bigs, bags full of colors! At the moment I was coloured!! 🙂 Everyone was clean and I was….: Lock at this small pic, the last one right, is me in this moment. 😉

        At the end, I have had all the colours on me! 🙂
        Cheers!

    • Thank you so much!! You can create the collage by putting the photos in a gallery, which is an option in WordPress…its useful, when one wants to post number of phots…clicking on any one photo starts a slide-show…

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