"The dominant idea behind Holi festival is that we should live more in harmony with nature instead of trying to destroy her and make her our slave."
Thousands of people in India and other countries across the world will celebrate the arrival of spring with the Hindu Holi Festival on March 6.
Holi takes its name from the Hindu demoness Holika, who was burned to death by Vishnu. Her death is celebrated as a triumph of good over evil each year in a massive nighttime bonfire. The festival of colors the following day celebrates Krishna and the god's playful nature.
During Holi, people gather in their neighborhoods to sing, pray, eat and drink, and throw colored paint and water on each other in celebration. The bright colors — derived from plants and natural elements like turmeric, palash, beetroot, neem, dhak and kumkum — will adorn revelers' faces, clothes and even city streets. Read more...