After so many year, I moved towards hills to celebrate the festival of colors - Holi. Initially decided plan was different and finally it was exactly opposite. Let's check out this Photo Journey to know more about the planned Holi and final thing which happened...
These are the kids I met on the special day of Holi and everyone of them was very cheerful, as you can see in the photographs. These kids belong to a village called Kehlwin, which is in Una district of Himachal Pradesh. Initial plan was to go to Kangra Fort where Holi is celebrated two days before the actual celebration day. Lot of folks from various parts of India come and just rub their hands of faces of others.. no colors are used and it is considered as one of the old styles of celebrating Holi in Kangra Kingdom. I wanted to witness this but could not make it.
In Himachal, Sujanpur is another place where Holi is celebrated for a week and a huge fair is organized by Hamirpur authorities. Some popular bollywood singers and performers can be seen during evenings on Sujanpur Holi Fair.
Here is a photograph of most innocent kid who was not very keen in putting color on others. At the same times, he was easiest target for everyone :) ... When I asked him to pose for my TravellingCamera, he stood like a army-man with nice salute position as you can see in photograph above...
Holi is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus. Holi is also known as festival of Colors. It is primarily observed in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and also in Malaysia, Guyana, South Africa, Trinidad, United Kingdom, United States, Mauritius, and Fiji. The most celebrated Holi is in the Braj region, in locations connected to the Lord Krishna: Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandagaon, and Barsana. These places have become tourist destinations during the festive season of Holi.
Originally, it was a festival that commemorated good harvests and the fertile land. In addition to celebrating the coming of spring, Holi has even greater purposes. Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring's abundant colors and saying farewell to winter. Holi celebrates many religious myths and legends.
In most areas, Holi lasts about two days. One of Holi’s biggest customs is the loosening strictness of social structures, which normally include age, gender, status, and caste. Holi closes the wide gaps between social classes and brings Hindus together. Together, the rich and poor, women and men, enjoy each other’s presence on this joyous day. Additionally, Holi lowers (but does not remove completely) the strictness of social norms. No one expects polite behavior... as a result, the atmosphere is filled with excitement and joy.