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Holi

Hindu Festival

Holi is also called 'The Festival of Colours', and takes place on a full moon night in March to mark the end of winter. 

On the eve of Holi, bonfires are lit and a effigy of the demon Holika is burnt to signify the triumph of good over evil. The next day, people swam the streets, sprinkling coloured water and powder (gulal) on each other in an atmosphere of great good humour.  Generally we were advised that it is not the best time to venture into Delhi unless you are prepared to get soaked and well painted. Also apparently many people drink as part of the festivities so the roads can get a bit hazardous as the drink drive laws are not so carefully observed!

 

 

This festival is celebrated at Laburnum complex in a community party with food and games. Since we were first timers at this festival in 2005, we did not venture into the real action, but viewed from a safe distance.

They take the fun seriously: ensure you have the largest pistol and enough water

This is the closest I got to the action!

 

 

The Party had started...

 

Then the games: this was something to do with running though each of the bowls of coloured water...

 

The state of the place after the event. 

This only took about 3-4 days to wash off the stones and all looked normal gain. This was also the last weekend before they refilled the swimming pool (a bit of Indian planning!)

...and finally for the state of a colleague's kids after being in the line of fire...

       

 

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