The Festival of Colors: Holi 2010

Last Monday (March 1st), people in India and other countries with large Hindu populations celebrated Holi, the Festival of Colors.

Last Monday (March 1st), people in India and other countries with large Hindu populations celebrated Holi, the Festival of Colors.

The tradition of playing with colors on Holi draws its roots from a legend of Radha and the Hindu God Krishna. It is believed that young Krishna was jealous of Radha’s fair complexion since he himself was very dark. After questioning his mother Yashoda on the darkness of his complexion, Yashoda, teasingly asked him to color Radha’s face in which ever color he wanted. In a mischievous mood, Krishna applied color on Radha’s face. The tradition of applying color on one’s beloved is religiously followed still, today.

Here’re a breathtaking gallery of images from this year’s Festival of Colors. Don’t forget to check all the images from all the pages (5 pages) of the article. [via Boston]

Children pose after covering themselves with a colored powder called abir during the celebration of Phagwa, or Holi, in the Tunapuna Hindu Primary School in Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago on February 28, 2010. (REUTERS/Andrea De Silva)

People smeared with colored powder celebrate Holi in Ahmedabad, India on March 1, 2010. (REUTERS/Amit Dave)

A woman, her face smeared with colored powder, participates in Holi festivities in Mumbai, India, Monday, March 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

A girl smeared with color throws colored powder as she joins in celebrations of Holi in Vrindavan, India, Sunday, Feb 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

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