Photographer's Note

These days, in India, they celebrate the festival of Diwali, which is popularly known as " the festival of light". This is, originally, a very joyful festival, during which, candles or small clay lamps burning with oil, are let outside homes all night and that gives a very magical athmosphere to every inhabited area. (Lately, however, the people have started to use firecrackers; which has become dangerous and annoying) Hindu families and friends share snacks and wear new clothes, cleaning their houses, as a symbol of the triumph of good over evil. This is more a spiritual symbol than anything else: the celebration of the Inner Light in ourselves. Something that transcends the body and mind.

As said the french poet Guillaume Apollinaire: " It's time to light up the stars again".

If Diwali has been the first major festival I experienced, Holi has been the latest.

Holi, also known as " the festival of colors" is celebrated with frenzy in the streets of every indian city. People apply or throw colorful powders on everyone they meet, and it's absolutely chaotic... or...more than ever, I would say, because it is ALWAYS chaotic in India, in my opinion! :)

During Holi, if you want to avoid to be covered with colors from top to bottom, simply just don't go out!!!

Actually this picture has not been taken during Holi itself, but one or two days before. I stumbled upon a procession in the city of Jaipur, where a lot of people were walking alongside with a few elephants. Some of them had decided to play Holi in advance and surprised the passers-by with their colors.
I got this picture, but my camera nearly escaped from death, that day!

My picture is dedicated to my indian friends and TE members: tusharkmandal , who accompanied me on the battleground during the festival... and sayeed , who could not take part in it, but was in our hearts...

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