Radha and Krishna, and sakhis playing Holi, 19th century.
Yay, it's Holi time!!! Holi, the Hindu Festival of Color, is a yearly festival celebrating the return of color to the world. Holi is celebrated on the Phalgun Purnima (or Pooranmashi, Full Moon) according to the Hindu Calendar. This year the Holi festival starts Sunday, February 28 (Holi eve) with bonfires and ends on Monday, March 1 (the official Holi day) with people tossing colorful powders and water onto each other. In some areas the Holi celebration lasts up to sixteen days.
Holi is celebrated at the end of the winter months and marks the start of springtime in India. Anyone who knows me, knows I love springtime, especially the return of the wildflowers. I suspect, however, that the majority of wildflowers won't start showing themselves for quite sometime yet. With that said, spring and all the color that comes with it is on its way, yay. I actually saw my first wildflower, a Lomatium, the other day, but I'm going to post about that in the near future, so be sure to stay tuned.
Anyway, I love this time of year, the anticipation of spring and of what the earth has to offer. Have a great Holi everyone and may the springtime bring an abundance of color to your life!!!!
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