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Holi Festival In India ( A Repost )

April 17, 2013

Holi is a spring festival celebrated mainly by Hindus and Sikhs. It is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month  which usually falls in the later part of February or March. People throw coloured powder and coloured water at each other, and the celebrations are frenetic. If it happened here we’d all be in trouble with the authorities. We were fortunate to be in Delhi and were asked to attend a Holi party at the oldest house in Delhi ( this has since been pulled down to make way for a new subway station.) We knew about half a dozen people, one being a cousin of a friend of mine from Melbourne who is married to a local. We had so much fun as you can see by the photos. We knew what to expect, so we both bought a pair of white pyjamas and I took my handbag in a plastic bag! There was a sumptuous feast and copious amounts of alcohol, but I didn’t partake that day because I had an upset stomach. I wish I had! When the Bollywood style music started, everyone got up and danced – madly. The children took great pleasure in squirting us with water pistols filled with the dye. I still had traces of the pink in my hair months later.

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My friends Pickles and Billy. These men were both previously heads of the President’s bodyguard, and have both played polo with Prince Charles.

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Bronwyn from Melbourne.

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The powder.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jill et Mac permalink
    April 17, 2013 6:11 am

    Just great Mary You are very clever keep them coming Love Jill et mac

  2. Vanessa permalink
    April 17, 2013 8:53 pm

    Hi Mary, its Vanessa from the UK. Could you email me with your email address? x

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