Holi – a Hindu festival that signifies the start of spring is also known as the Festival of Colours is on March 1st.
The spirit of Holi is colour – rich and vibrant, flung into the air and smeared with laughter on friends and loved ones. Colours denotes energy – the vivid, passionate pulse of life.
Coloured powders called ‘gulal’ are thrown into the air and smeared on faces and bodies. ‘Pichkaris’ (huge water syringes) are filled with coloured water and this is spurted onto people. Water balloons are thrown at friends and neighbours in the spirit of fun. Sometimes, mud baths are prepared and people are ‘dunked’ into this amidst much laughter. The younger crowd is drenched with buckets of coloured water and pummeled with water balloons.
These guys started their celebration a little early :-) Glad I had my camera with me – and REALLY glad they chose to not douse me with coloured water or even dry colours after granting me permission to shoot a few frames :-)
Hope to get some more shots tomorrow (actual celebrations)
Nikkor 80-200 @ 200mm
f/2.8 at 1/45 secs (wish I’d boosted ISO and got a much faster shutter speed – but I was fearful of getting dunked!)