Holi

here’s a break from the travelogue because today is Holi and that means no one is safe from a soaking or being smeared with food coloring.

The festival celebrates the piety of  Pralhad son of the demon king Hiranya Kashyapu. The king ordered Pralhad’s sister Holika to carry the boy into a fire because he did not want to stop chanting Lord Vishnu’s  name. And long story short Pralhad survived the flames unscathed while his sister burned to a crisp.

How all this leads to water fights, color smearing and drinking too much rakshi is unclear but everyone seems to have a good time, especially the kids.

IMG_1518The neighbourhood raiding party.

IMG_1525A direct hit on me!

IMG_1559Sangita coloring in the hotel guests

IMG_1580HAPPY HOLI!

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