Festival of Colors: Holi week kicks off as Pakistan grants official status (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
A kid enjoys with a bottle full of liquid colours outside his house on the streets of Barsana near Vrindavan. . . It's Holi time already and we all are surely going to have this kinda fun. Throwback pic from last year. Picture & Word Credits: @framesbyankit #vsco #vscocam #holi #colours #barsana #vrindavan #mathura #India #indiapictures #incredibleindia
Despite decades of tense relations with India, the government of neighboring Pakistan announced a resolution this week recognizing the Hindu festivals of Holi and Diwali as public holidays.
NA to take resolution to declare Holi, Dewali, Easter holidays - Never been this proud. Here's to a liberal Pakistan https://t.co/4IS8821GAA— Engineer Maho (@mahobili) March 15, 2016
Holi has become increasingly popular among non-Hindus in recent years. South Asians from all faiths have been embracing the ancient festival as a sign of unity between cultures and religions. After all, who doesn’t love color, except maybe the Indian goths?
Celebrations kicked off this year in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh with a festival called Lathmar Holi where women use bamboo sticks to playfully hit men, who in turn tease and cover them in bright-colored powders.
In the UK, students took advantage of the dry weather to embrace the vibrant customs of Holi, sharing the occasion with friends and family.
Revelers in the Philippines and the US donned all white attire for their parties.
These clothes were white when I bought them. Holi Festival of Color LA 2016 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/LCW5yi3Vy6— mother teresa (@TeeWicks) March 12, 2016
Russia is set to celebrate when it's a little warmer to be sprayed by water, with the ‘Holi paints festival’ in June.