13th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Festival of colors called Holi. It’s an ancient Hindu religious Spring festival where people gather Sing and dance. It’s a free for all carnival of colors where participants play, chase and colour each other with dry powder and coloured water, with some carrying water guns and coloured water-filled balloons for their water fight. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. The frolic and fight with colours occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People visit family, friends and foes to throw colours on each other, laugh and chit-chat, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks.
© Debashis Mukherjee.
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||Nov. 19, 2015, 5:24 a.m.
||Canon EOS 550D