Thursday, 5 March 2020

Photo essay: Colourful Holi celebrations in Kolkata

Holi Kolkata
Holi is an ancient festival celebrated across India, predominantly by Hindus but also by Sikhs and people of other faiths. It celebrates the triumph of good over evil and embraces new beginnings.
Holi Kolkata
A young girl is covered in gulal (coloured powder) during festivities in Kolkata. The throwing of the powder is believed to reference a game the Hindu god Krishna played with his consort Radha.
Holi Kolkata
A street vendor sells coloured powder outside a temple. Each colour has a different meaning – yellow and orange represent turmeric, which is used in many natural remedies.
Holi Kolkata
Children use coloured dye to stain each other’s hands during the festival. While most powders and dyes are store-bought these days, they were traditionally made by crushing flowers and water into a paste.
Holi Kolkata
Holi festivities are often accompanied by jubilant singing and dancing.
Holi Kolkata
A bare-footed reveller strolls through a street stained pink.
Holi Kolkata
Young children play with leftover powder after the festivities.
Holi Kolkata
After a busy day of celebrations, an elderly woman sweeps the powder from her doorstep.
Holi Kolkata
A sadhu (religious ascetic) covered in multiple colours.

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This article was originally published in the March 2020 issue of Silkwinds magazine

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