India Celebrates Holi

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A colorful and energetic festival, Holi is celebrated by Hindus throughout India, and traditionally heralds the beginning of spring. While the national holiday occurs on March 27, there are regional versions that take place in the weeks beforehand. Lathmar Holi, for example, is a tradition unique to the Nandgaon and Barsana villages. Situated some 71 miles from New Delhi, Barsana is the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna. This version sees men sing to gain the attention of women, who then playfully beat them with bamboo sticks.

The tradition of using colors on Holi also draws its roots from the legend of Radha and Krishna: It is said that Krishna envied Radha’s fair complexion, and after talking to his mother Yashod, she teasingly suggested that he should color Radha’s face.

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emmatheed
emmatheed

I agree with rajput.ashutosh. I just wrote something about how Americans tend to be so ignorant about other cultures and so arrogant about their own. In fact, this is the image of Americans internationally. Some of their remarks below are knee-jerk, moronic reactions to something they know nothing about. Get off your high horses and think about the number of gun deaths and lunatics carrying out mass shootings in the USA. Your own society has much to improve upon and you can claim no special "moral" position from which to criticize others. Note how quick to anger some responses to this will be. That's what happens with minds lacking curiosity or knowledge. 

emmatheed
emmatheed

Americans can be so ignorant of other cultures and they wrongly assume so much. We're internationally famous for that alone.

rajput.ashutosh
rajput.ashutosh like.author.displayName 1 Like

Well I read a lot of negative comments here. All I want to say is, we never criticize how you celebrate your festivals. I don't even understand what is Easter Bunny and most of the people I asked here in California failed to explain why west celebrates easter bunny.

I am not criticizing here anyone because we believe that everyone in this world is different and we all have to respect that ever they do. Anyways Happy Holi!

sachi_bbsr
sachi_bbsr

Err ... I have a feeling that men "desperately" *hope* that during Holi, they will get an opportunity to "touch" female bodies ... sad situation really.

@sachi_bbsr 

NandaKishoreN
NandaKishoreN

@sachi_bbsr @sachi_bbsr Yes, but the only difference is that mostly Holi is played in large groups and people won't have so much time to think all such negative things.  Besides mostly women play Holi with relatives and close friends and known people who are trust-worthy and that too in the middle of large gathering, in broad day light, before afternoon.

The dark images posted by Times, are most likely the ones from the night before Holi.

The night before the actual festival, all the scrap and disposable waste things are put in heaps and burnt.  People dance around that fire.  Just out of excitement people often choose to put on colours at that time.

JimWaltDodge.
JimWaltDodge.

Picture 2-11, Is that a Rape Practice scene?.

ThisisIrony
ThisisIrony

@JimWaltDodge. There is no concept of men raping men like in the US. Besides if India gets that much of ur notice due to the recent incidences, why doesnt US and UK rape statistics provoke u? 

debussy0
debussy0 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Why no women? Are they not allowed to participate? Or is this just another orthodox, misogynist religious farce?

rajput.ashutosh
rajput.ashutosh

@debussy0Well Maam India is a country with 1.2 billion population and everyone plays Holi.

So I think 11 pictures are too small to pass your judgement about women and Indian culture. If you still prefer to think of a country like India based on 11 pictures then I must say either media is too convincing these days or people are too prejudiced and not broad minded to accept different ways of life, society. 

debussy0
debussy0

@rajput.ashutosh @debussy0 @rajput.ashutosh @debussy0 Statistically, in 11 pics, at least ONE image would portray the other half of that 1.2 billion in population, wouldn't you think? Perhaps address your concerns about the media to the Time photographer, then, as surely he/she could have captured a single image of WOMEN playing with colours. I do wish people would stop looking for racial/religious prejudice where none exists. Cheers and peace.

SanMann
SanMann like.author.displayName 1 Like

@debussy0,

It's amazing how white left-wingers just react like Pavlovian dogs when they rush to caricature people. The white left are truly the more racist part of white society.

debussy0
debussy0 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Funny, how the racist society regardless of ASSUMED POLITICAL AFFILIATION or COLOUR reacts to posts! LOL... please find a mirror, sir!

resser
resser

@debussy0 @resser @SanMann 

I didn't say I knew about the entire population of the US. My point was that India's population is 1.2 Billion and the US 300 million. I am sure at least a  third of the Indian population is liberal and progressive. I was pointing out the fact that there are many many more people in India than in the US, and any group of people with liberal or conservative or misogynist views in India would be more than the population of many large countries. 

debussy0
debussy0

@NandaKishoreN @debussy0 Funny, you ASSUMED that this had anything to do with Indian society in particular rather than a global society, in general, where women too often are relegated to more-minor, secondary status. I would - and DO - openly question double-standards across ANY religion. This pictorial just happened to showcase an Indian holiday -- with NO women participating! Look outward, instead of inward. Cheers & peace. 

NandaKishoreN
NandaKishoreN

@debussy0  Wow! If U knew that "... there are all manner and versions practiced of every religion, and there always  are extreme practitioners of religion",  then Y did U doubt the Indian society.  When U are so understanding that there will be all sorts of people with various mindsets, then I guess there's no problem at all.

@NandaKishoreN

debussy0
debussy0

@resser @debussy0 @SanMann "I can say for sure that there are more people in India with open and liberal views than the entire population of US."

 REALLY? YOU know about the ENTIRE population of the US? Truly, enlighten us with your vaunted knowledge! LOL.... the arrogance is smothering. 


debussy0
debussy0

@NandaKishoreN @debussy0 I understand that. Was asking WHY this pictorial shows no women whatsoever... simple question: was there a misogynist, orthodox religious reason for the absence of females or should the Time photographer answer that question. From the raw response, it seems as though the more general issue of womens' roles in India and Hinduism still touches raw nerves, just as it does across the globe in ALL major religions. Nothing unique in that; there are all manner and versions practiced of every religion, and there always are extreme practitioners of religion just as there are those who don't actively practice at all. 

resser
resser

@debussy0 @SanMann

You had no clue about the festival and still called it "Or is this just another orthodox, misogynist religious farce?" after looking at a few photographs on Time. Sorry your comment got the treatment it deserved. Just google Holi and you'll find hundreds of pictures of revelers of both sexes enjoying themselves. It might even change your opinion of India as a more open society. I can say for sure that there are more people in India with open and liberal views than the entire population of US. Just another way to look at it.

NandaKishoreN
NandaKishoreN

@debussy0 @NandaKishoreN Yes, but Hinduism doesn't require women to be indoors under BURKHA.  That's a part of Islamic Culture.  We are talking about a HINDU festival.

debussy0
debussy0 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@SanMann @debussy0 Ah-ha! So.... you KNOW me, huh? You KNOW I'm white. You KNOW I'm a left-leaning liberal. You KNOW I'm racist. You even KNOW I'm a "troll." Really? I think you've just made a public fool of yourself, with your ASSumptions! I say: kudos, to you, sir... You must have the world's first proven case of ESP! Perhaps you should try to market that ability. Peace. 

debussy0
debussy0

@NandaKishoreN @debussy0 Not at all hatred. ... when you ASSUME you know, you make an A*S out of U and ME! Asking WHERE the women are in this pictorial (when they are ABSENT) does raise the issue of womens' roles in certain societies and religions. Far TOO many use religion as cover for misogyny, whether you like it or not. . Exactly HOW much do you ASSUME you know about me or my beliefs? Quite a bit.... no WOMEN in this pictorial raises that question. Too bad you don't ask QUESTIONS rather than ASS UME! 

NandaKishoreN
NandaKishoreN like.author.displayName 1 Like

@debussy0 The news item is about a festival.  The festival of colors which is celebrated in the most friendly way possible.  It's the day when people just forget everything else and jump around playing with colours.  Even here one might try to see something unpleasant and make the discussion dirty.  Hatred, how much of it do U have?

YeahRt
YeahRt like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

@debussy0 Because the photographer failed to capture women playing Holi. Yes, they do participate & don't need any permission. Orthodox, far from it.. this is one of the most fun religious festivities. 

I hear your xenophobic questions rather than concerns!


debussy0
debussy0 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@YeahRt @debussy0 Nope, not at all xenophobic. Very natural question. Wondering why depiction of a holiday that is supposed to celebrate a ritual of springtime and originates from a feminine source shows NOT A SINGLE FEMALE in this entire pictorial library. Orthodox has several meanings, one of which connotes the most-conversative branches of any subject. Perhaps address your "xenophobic" remarks to the Time photographers who failed to capture half the population? Or perhaps stop being so hypersensitive to potential perceived slights!

SanMann
SanMann like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

@debussy0,

No, it's not a very natural question - it's kind of a racist stereotype that's permeated the minds of the white left due to recent events. It's like when there's a dog attack, and suddenly every second news item is about dog attacks for months afterward. The white left are the most racist part of white society.

 To white leftists, all Indians are Willie Horton now. Disgusting racism from the Left.

karamirch
karamirch like.author.displayName 1 Like

Incorrect article.  Holy is a festival to herald the northern spring and is celebrated only in the Hindi belt of northern India.  Holi has no following in the four southern states or the north east of India.

guest456
guest456 like.author.displayName 1 Like

How do you know Holi is not celebrated in the South. I am from Andhra Pradesh and always celebrated Holi. May be not so grandly celebrated as in North, but definitely celebrated

NandaKishoreN
NandaKishoreN

@guest456 He's partially right.  The playing with colours during HOLI is very much done on a very large scale in the North-Indian Culture.  

Holi as a festival is one of the important Hindu Festivals.  Some where it's even associated with Prahlad and his Demon Aunt Holika, who wanted to kill Prahlad, since she had this power of not burning in fire. But because of Prahlad's devotion to Lord Vishnu the kid was saved and instead the cunning Aunt Holika was burnt in fire.

Nevertheless, U are right about the playing with colours is more entertaining and a matter of cultural give and take.  Now, in modern times it's played more out of habit in the South Indian States.