Holi

Experiencing the festival of Holi, in all of it’s magical and polychromatic glory, has been at the top of my bucket list for years. To celebrate the beginning of spring, Hindus of all ages and statuses throughout India light bonfires and joyously throw scented powder and perfume at each other. I love this mesmerizing video, which captures the beauty and essence of Holi so beautifully. One day . . .

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  1. Yeah, yeah! This is my mother land.
    For anyone debating about going to India or South Asia – do it! It’ll change your life forever!

    xoxo
    http://www.natashafatah.blogspot.com

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  2. ana isabel wrote:

    I was in India for Holi…it was pretty exciting and super fun. The powder is kind of weird though, it stains everything!

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  3. Joana wrote:

    This is amazing, such beautiful and creative photos!

    xo Joana

    http://www.growinfashion.com

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  4. Blogger wrote:

    I’d love to have been there too :P…

    accidentallyblogger.blogspot.com

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  5. I’d love to be there, too!
    (although… the colors might cause allergies?)
    But it’s definitely on my bucket list!

    happy weekend!
    http://touchkajal.blogspot.com/

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  6. Lisa wrote:

    i included this on my blog last week, it looks so amazing!
    in dramatic fashion

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  7. Miss K wrote:

    Such beautiful photos!

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  8. It’s so magical, I didn’t know about this festival…
    – Aliya 🙂
    http://marantphiles.com

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  9. L. wrote:

    A student in my anthropology class just did a presentation about that festival and a Navajos’ Art one 🙂
    It’s the first time I hear about such an event.
    Your pictures are beautiful.

    Love from Paris

    JoliCassoulet : Parisian girls’ small talks now on Twitter !

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  11. Kecia wrote:

    So awesome! I’m heading to India in a couple of weeks. Too bad I probably just missed this!

    xx
    Kecia

    http://www.couturezooblog.com/

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  12. Manpreet wrote:

    I miss the fun! Beautiful Pictures!

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  13. LC Taylor wrote:

    Despite being allergic to most perfume, I would LOVE to experience this. Lol! Seriously though – so fun, beautiful and magical! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Alison wrote:

    I love all the colors so much! This has always been something that I have wanted to experience as well.

    http://www.stylingmylife.com

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  15. Caroline wrote:

    I just designed some dresses based off of holi festival! Its so inspiring!! 🙂

    http://anabstractnoun.blogspot.com/2012/03/holi-festival-inspired-dresses.html

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  16. I have been out of the blogosphere for too long, and truly missed you Honsetly WTF.
    You bring little rays of beauty into my life, and here is a perfect example.
    Xo

    http://wildthingsrunfaster.blogspot.ca/

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  17. Nomadic D wrote:

    I love this! I’ve seen photos and read about Holi before, but the video is so gorgeous! So glad you found it to share with us!

    http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

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  18. style-xyz wrote:

    Looks really amazing!

    http://www.style-xyz.blogspot.com/

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  19. Mruna wrote:

    I used to celebrate it when I was a kid ( I live in India). Its real fun! But I don’t anymore as most of the colors available are really bad and take days to wash off! So if anyone is planning to play holi anytime stick to just dry powder or try and use herbal colors.

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  20. This is pure magic! I love this video!

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  21. Kate wrote:

    it’s been a dream of mine to go to India some day….especially during a festival or holiday. The video just put a huge smile to my face, kinda made me tear up a bit too 🙂

    <3 Kate
    http://www.theforgetfulwife.com

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  22. Nitika D. wrote:

    You should come to the one on the UC Berkeley campus! There will be hundreds of people and its about as close to the real thing as you can get 🙂

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  23. Xeana wrote:

    Stunning live photos. An interesting custom. I watched it’s on TV. Looks very bright and extraordinary!

    From http://www.xeanafashion.com

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  24. Monica wrote:

    The video is awesome!! I love the slow motion effect, unfortunately I never got to experience holi but I have studied the history of it and all and iv’e heard that they have an event in the city similar so i’m thinking of going one year. Its seems fun and its just a unique lovely way to embrace the new colors of spring!!

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  25. They do this at Columbia University and my friends always used to come back covered! Even after showers they couldn’t get off the paint.

    Collections

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  26. I love these pictures! This festival looks amazing!

    http://www.2fashionfed.blogspot.com

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  27. Kristin wrote:

    Yes, have been wanting to go so bad!

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  28. Kritika wrote:

    Awwyeahhhhh ! That’s my place ! Holi is definitely a fun time to be in India.

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  29. Randomgirl wrote:

    I was in India this year for Holi! Omg, it was the craziest, weirdest and most awesome thing I’ve been a part of for a looong time! It was insane, seriously colors everrrrrrrrywhere.

    Some of the colors are “permanent” though, so I came home with lots of pink in my hair (I was blonde), and it didn’t was off for weeks, so in the end I had to go to the hairdresser and get it colored. The only way to get rid of it was to become a brunette, so that’s what I am now 😛

    One should cover all the skin and hair in oil before venturing out into the streets on holi, to be able to wash the “permanent” colors off.. or hope that people actually stick to the powder colors. Watch out for any liquids!

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  30. chantal wrote:

    Would really love to expierence that festival to one time

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  31. Sonali wrote:

    hate to break it to you but its not scented powder or perfume its just plain vibrent colors and water and more like a water fight……………. but its the most fun you will ever have. I have grown up playing holi year after year and must say they have some of my best memories.

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  32. eskayseher wrote:

    here’s a small holi tip:

    always apply almond oil on your face,hair and body before playing holi..(yes its hot out there..but the skin will absorbs it well)
    the colour will come off really easily then.
    =D

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  34. wow very nice..posttt

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