Sunday, March 4, 2012

Lathmor Holi 2012

A prelude to the major national Holi spring festival - known as the Festival of Colours - it sees participants shower each other with brightly coloured dyes and millions of flower petals.

According to legend, Lord Krishna visited his principle consort and childhood friend, Radha, in the village on this day and playfully teased her and her friends. The women responded by chasing him away with sticks.

In the festival men in traditional dress take on the role of gops (friends of Krishna), while women play gopis (friends of Radha).

The men sing provocative songs and throw the coloured powders and flowers on the women, who fight back by pretending to beat them with bamboo.

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