Holi: Celebrate Life Through Colour
This weekend sees the celebration of the Hindu festival Holi, a tribute to the god Vishnu during which believers spray each other in coloured pigments – in good spirit.
The festival uses colour as a means of welcoming spring and encouraging light hearted play as participants throw handfuls of coloured powders or pigmented water at each other.
Traditionally dyes are collected from the spring blossoms of Indian trees, but today’s powders are often synthetic and very brightly coloured.
The 2011 festival takes place on March 20 mainly in India and Nepal, although Hindu communities also celebrate around the world.