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HOLI – A Celebration of Colours

ulminating my tour in NW India with a group of textile enthusiasts we ended our time yesterday together in Jaipur. The last full day of our scheduled time  fell upon Holi; the Festival of Colours. This holiday is celebrated at the vernal equinox welcoming spring.  It is also known as the Festival of Love and from it’s Hindu beliefs celebrates  embracing a time of reconciliation, letting go of grudges, forgiving of debts and broad sense of inclusiveness between people. In the contemporary Indian culture they refer to ‘playing Holi’; trust me there is a very strong element of play involved as people enter in to the festivities with awesome degree of abandon. On the night of the full moon bonfires are lit and crowds gather. The fires are symbolic of the triumph of good over evil. Women light green branches from the fire and take the ashes into their homes. The following morning the celebrations begin.  We celebrated in the garden of our hotel with about fifty people.  There were three year olds and seventy

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