Ladypolitik (ladypolitik) wrote in ontd_political,

ontd_political PotD: March 4, 2010.

It's all colorful in India as the whole country comes together to celebrate the tradition of triumph of good over bad. Celebrated all over India since ancient times, Holi, also known as 'The Festival Of Colors', is a riotous annual celebration of the coming of spring. The festival is followed predominantly by Hindus throughout the world, with people from all walks of life coming out on the streets and applying colored powder on anyone and everyone.

It is believed that the combination of different colors used during this festival takes all the sorrow away and makes life even more colorful. Holi is probably the least religious of Indian holidays, thus bridging social and religious gaps with a sole intention of bringing people together.

Priests throw color on the devotees celebrating "Holi," the festival of color, at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, about 140 kilometers (87 miles) from New Delhi, India, Feb. 28. Vrindavan is famous for Holi celebrations, where according to legend, Hindu god Krishna played Holi with his consort Radha.

Manish Swarup |  AP Photo

People smear the face of a young man with colored powder during Holi festivities in Mumbai, India, Monday, March 1, 2010.

Rafiq Maqbool | AP Photo

A devotee prays to a bull smeared with colors in Kamakhya temple in Gauhati, India, Feb. 28.

Anupam Nath |  AP Photo

People smear colored powder on each other during Holi festivities in Mumbai, India, Monday, March 1, 2010.

Rafiq Maqbool | AP Photo

A tourist smeared with colors shoots photographs of children celebrating, in Calcutta, India, Feb. 28.

Bikas Das |  AP Photo

An Indian girl reacts as others throw color powder at her as part of celebrating "Holi" in the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, India, Feb .27. The festival also marks the coming of spring.

Biswaranjan Rout | AP Photo</span>

A Hindu devotees prays after having played with colors, Feb. 27.

Daniel Berehulak | Getty Images

Hindu devote is being sprayed by colored water during the celebrations in Vrindavan, India, Feb. 27.

Daniel Berehulak | Getty Images

Men and women take part in "huranga" in Dauji temple near the northern Indian city of Mathura March 2, 2010. Huranga is a game played between men and women a day after Holi, during which men drench women with liquid colors and women tear off the clothes of the men.

K.K. Arora | REUTERS

Young boys playing Holi, known as Kanhas, the childhood name for the God Krishna, throw colour over Hindu devotees during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari Temple on Feb. 27.

Daniel Berehulak | Getty Images

Children pose after covering themselves with a colored powder called abir during the celebration of Phagwa, or Holi, in the Tunapuna Hindu Primary School in Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago on February 28, 2010.

Andrea De Silva | REUTERS

+Bonus Picspam: The photography of Poras Chaudhary.

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