Coming fast on the heels of Thursday's RED NOSE DAY post, I couldn't help but think this festival had similarities ......
Witness the beauty of the great cupid festival which excites curiosity as the townsfolk are dancing at the touch of brownish water thrown from squirt-guns.
They are seized by pretty women while all along the roads the air is filled with singing and drum-beating.
Everything is coloured yellowish red and rendered dusty by the heaps of scented powder blown all over.
- Ratnaval, 7th century drama
As many of you are now aware, I'm not a religious person but tend to think of myself as quite a spiritual person in that I have an interest in people of all faiths as well as those of none.
Anyway, getting on with today's post. I noticed this festival mentioned in a 'The Week To Come' column in a newspaper and thought, hmm interesting - I need to find out more.
The festival in question? The festival of Holi.
A Hindu festival, associated with Krishna, that welcomes Spring and celebrates new life and energy, Holi is the most energetic of the Indian festivals filled as it is with fun and humour. It is also the time when the distinctions of caste, class, age and gender are put aside.
Also known as the Festival Of Colours many celebrate by covering each other in paint and throwing dye around.
Bonfires are lit in the streets after dark which purifies the air the air of evil spirits and marks the story of Holika and Prahalad.
Seen by many as being similar to the spirit of St. Valentine's Day there is much flirting between the sexes and in one part of India a tradition of men and women taking part in mock battles, the rule being the men are not allowed to fight back. - BBC Religions (Click HERE to read more)
For even more details about this festival I recommend you visit Arti at MY YATRA DIARY.