A War of Color

Dharamshala, India

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Holi is an important religious festival in India, and I was able to celebrate it during my week of financial quarantine in the mountains.  Some of you may already know what Holi looks like (it's a long day of throwing colored dyes on anyone in public), but you might not know the religious significance behind the holiday.

The mythology behind the holiday has been contested, but all of the morals behind the stories seem to indicate a triumph of good over evil, those who worship god winning over those who do not.  My Indian friend explained  that it's a festival of lust, where men and women freely mingle.

I was a little bit sick on Holi, and didn't want to get fully covered in dye, but the festival in the Himalayas was quieter than I had expected.  I wandered through town, taking pictures, spent some time with my host family, then ended the day with some mischievous children on a rooftop.

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