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Colorful India: Holi Festival

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“Holi is a time to reach out with the colors of joy. It is the time to love and forgive. It is the time expresses the happiness of being loved and to be loved through colors.” – Anonymous

Today in the US, one of our favorite holidays will be celebrated – Saint Patrick’s Day. There will be plenty of people wearing green that are Irish and probably a lot more that aren’t, but regardless it’s a very fun holiday with a lot of merriment.

In India, eleven days ago, Holi was celebrated throughout the country. Let me tell you – it’s like Saint Patrick’s Day…but more. A LOT more!

Holi is a spring festival in India and is known as the festival of colors. This year Holi was celebrated on March 5 and 6th. On March 5, the Holi festival starts with a gathering around a bonfire, singing, and dancing. The next day is a free for all of color – and believe me, it’s some amazing fun! Most people in India I found celebrated with their family and friends that live closest to them in their communities wherever their home town is. At XLRI our GMBA family began the festivities around 10AM and by noon, no one could really tell who each other was – that’s how intense the color gets.

Here is the Before....

Here is the Before….

...and here is the after!

…and here is the after!

Wikipedia has a good overview of the history around Holi and how people celebrate it across India. Here is the link:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holi

It was an amazing experience to be able to celebrate the festival with all of our cohort members. It was a blast! I’m still trying to get some color out of the beds of my nails, I had to throw away my clothes, and my Havenieda sandals are permanently stained – bit it was all worth it!

Read more Holi Quotes: http://festivals.iloveindia.com/holi/quotes.html#7OGuirWMOrDhkYkf.99

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