HOLI. THE INDIAN CELEBRATION OF LIFE.

Waves of pilgrims journey every day to Vraja, a farmland described as the place where Lord Krishna (God) participated in the pastime of Holi with the gopis (cowherd girls) thousands of years ago. Believers of this tradition fill the streets of Vrindavan, one of the towns where this Holi pastime took place, reenacting the play of Krishna and the gopis.<br />
Throwing a variety of bright colors, the combined energy of the participants can sometimes result in a rainbow-colored riot. Colors are thrown in both the form of a powder called "gulal" and in the form of water that is colored with the gulal powder. The streets become ecstatic battlefields with colors flying in all directions and people take joy in both attacking and being attacked until their clothing is soaked through and they are caked with gulal from head to toe.<br />
Spanning of 16 days during the festive season of Holi, the Hindu spring festival of colors is celebrated in every village of Vraja, with different villages having their largest celebration on different days. This means that pilgrims can and do make a tour of the villages to see the entire array of festivities. Tens of thousands of faithful people, chanting and praying in an overcrowded parade, make their way to all of the principal temples of Vraja.<br />
The religious fervor of the believers makes a complete spectacle. Ecstasies that invade their bodies, filling every corner, provoke them to dance madly, smile, and cry. They then turn around to face the unending waves of people coming in and out of the temple and raising their voices in loud chanting. After everyone has retired for the evening, the soiled and colorful streets bear witness to the end to this festival which celebrates the cheerful Indian spirit.
Waves of pilgrims journey every day to Vraja, a farmland described as the place where Lord Krishna (God) participated in the pastime of Holi with the gopis (cowherd girls) thousands of years ago. Believers of this tradition fill the streets of Vrindavan, one of the towns where this Holi pastime took place, reenacting the play of Krishna and the gopis.
Throwing a variety of bright colors, the combined energy of the participants can sometimes result in a rainbow-colored riot. Colors are...
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