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Welcome Spring with Holi

27/03/2012

Holi is a Hindu festival that takes places around February/March to welcome the spring. It is also known as Festival of Colours as the day is celebrated by people throwing coloured and scented powder at each other.

This year I played Holi for the first time at the Richmond Holi Festival 2012. I was a bit skeptical, but curiosity won me over when Sandy and his friend Imran invited me; my friend Charlotte didn’t miss this photo opportunity and joined us as well!

Walking from Twickenham station towards Orleans House Gallery, where the celebrations took place, I saw the first signs of spring blossoming on the trees. Arriving at the festival, we were greeted by flowers and vibrant colours!


I had washed my hair in the morning and was wearing new clothes and a cream trench coat, so I was determined to remain colour-free and stand on the side taking photos. I should have known better! It was impossible to hide away from the colours, with this guy around! ;)

My friend Imran quickly got into the Holi spirit and spent the next couple of hours sourcing more colours and making sure everyone had some on their faces!


Soon enough, the inevitable happened, as you can see in this photo of me taken by Charlotte! ;) Without worrying anymore about being covered head to toes in colours (including my camera!), I joined in the fun of playing Holi with hundreds of other people, feeling high and energised!







Sandy, Charlotte and Imran were my great companions of this fun and colour filled day!


The day couldn’t end without a little Indian feast! Sitting on the grass (all hopes of keeping my clothes clean long gone) we lunched with samosas, chickpea curry, sholay batura, followed by cream and pista burfi (sweets made of gram flour, cashews and pistachios) and some gulab jamun.



A little bit of dancing to my favourite Bollywood tunes, before heading back to central London on the train. It was a wonderful day and a great way to start the spring season! I can’t wait to play Holi again next year, maybe in India next time! :)

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