Let’s play Holi

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Every year, on the day a fool moon announces the begin­ning of spring, the whole of India cel­e­brates Holi.

Kάθε χρόνο, με την πανσέληνο που φέρνει την αρχή της άνοιξης, ολόκληρη η Ινδία γιορτάζει το Holi. To Holi υμνεί τον έρωτα του Κρίσνα για την Ράντα, τη γονιμότητα και επιστροφή στη ζωή. Είναι πιο πολύχρωμη, η πιο πληθωρική και φωτογονική γιορτή της Ινδίας.

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Holi is the cel­e­bra­tion of the love of Krishna for Radha, of fer­til­ity and rebirth. It is India’s most colour­ful, joy­fully exu­ber­ant pho­to­genic festival.

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Each and every year, to usher in the Spring, the cel­e­brated sea­son of love and life, the whole of India plays. Plays with colours.

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Street sell­ers sell “gulal” a brightly coloured pow­der bags. Every­one is get­ting ready…

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To begin in the night of full moon, there is much danc­ing around bon­fires, to cel­e­brate the vic­tory of the gods over deamons.

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And as the day breaks, another fes­ti­val begins. Splashes of pink, show­ers of red, clouds of green, streaks of yel­low! The game is to throw colours and water over your friends and neig­bours, or sim­ple passers by…and do so liberally!

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Pig­ments of colour run from the hair to the ear, slip between sari and skin, neck and shirt col­lars, nails, shoes…

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Fell happy, share in the cel­e­bra­tion, wish each other good for­tune, enjoy, embrace your fel­low man.

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And as the sun starts to set, you wash you scrub, you change into your finest clothes and then you drink, you eat you laugh some more…

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And finally fall asleep with mul­ti­coloured dreams.

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Pho­tos by Veronique Dur­ruty for Kenzo par­fums, Edi­tions de La Martiniere.

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