Eva here. Have you ever been completely covered in paint? Well, we have because today was Holi, the spring festival of colours or the festival of love.
Holi signifies the victory of good over evil and the end of winter. Holi is apparently an ancient Hindu religious festival which happens mainly in India and Nepal and other countries where large numbers of Hindu people live. One of the stories to explain why paint is used is that Lord Krishna (who is blue) was complaining to his mother that all his female friends were teasing him about his colour. To appease him, his mother gave him different colours and told him to throw it on the girls’ faces. The girls were apparently in love with Krishna so they loved the game and throwing paint on each other.
The night before I was very excited but then I got very nervous at the idea of having strangers cover me in paint and spray me with coloured water. In the morning, I got up and did some homework. Then we changed into clothes that we didn’t care if they got dirty and wet and went out to the street to get our first paint put on our face. As we walked around we bought our own powdered paint which we then put on each other. People sprayed us with water and threw water balloons at us. Everyone is a target no matter what age or nationality. We saw many tourists trying to avoid getting hit, but what they didn’t know was that people target tourists who are reluctant to join in. Aran wasn’t keen on the whole idea, so he soon went back to the hotel. Mom, dad and I kept on walking and soon saw a mini parade. By this time I had already been covered in red, yellow and then red paint again. As we returned to our hotel we saw a dog that was also covered in paint. Dad went back and mom and I kept going and found ourselves at a small Holi concert. We listened for a while and then headed back. It took mom a long time to wash the paint out of our clothes and it took about half an hour in the shower to scrub ourselves clean. I still have paint in my ears and blue stains on my arms.
We don’t have a lot of pictures of the street because we didn’t want to take the camera out, but here are some pictures of us when we returned. I think it was one of the most fun things we have done on the trip so far.