Holey-Moley Holi Color

Here in Chicago they make our river run green round about now, for St. Patrick’s Day. But what’s spectacular about that? It’s only one color. I’m far more interested in the explosion of Holi colors happening now! Want some?

Handfuls of Holi Powder

If you haven’t heard of it yet, Holi is a Hindu festival in India that’s full of fun and frolic and the throwing of bright colored powders and colored water.

Holi Festival 2012 in Spanish Fork Utah

With all the color and action and the spectacular visual spectacle of the event, naturally it’s a draw for photographers. How do they get so close but keep their lenses clear of powder?

Photographing Holi

Some year I must be in India for Holi! But it’s not celebrated only there. It’s becoming more common in college towns. Maybe it’s becoming like the newest Burning Man or Coachella – an event for younger folks to see and be seen at.

Holi in the U.S.

I say it that way – for younger folks – because I’d dearly love to crash a Holi party at a college campus! But as a 40-something, that would be really ridiculous now. I try to imagine a Holi party on my street and all the 40- and 50-somethings in my neighborhood whooping it up and throwing powder and turning all technicolor. Makes me giggle. Because we are conformed into being so corporate and careful at this age, would anyone do it? But anyone of any age can participate in India without looking ridiculous.

If you don’t want color thrown all over you, you can still throw some color all over your dining table for some fun! I did a guest post for masalamommas.com all about using bright Holi colors in your dining room – check it out!




3 Responses to Holey-Moley Holi Color

  1. You could do the colour run – but I don’t think that would be the same myself ;) We were in India for Holi last year and it was great fun (some pics on my blog) and even my kids loved it!!

  2. This festival is on my bucket list. I would love to experience it one day. It looks so much fun, so inspiring and so special! Gorgeous photos!

    • India pied-à-terre

      Hi Claudia! I so hope you experience Holi some day! It looks like so much fun. I haven’t had a chance yet, and hope to too!

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