Friday, April 5, 2013

Bura na mano! Holi hai!

This past weekend was the Holi Hai festival on Haeundae Beach in Busan. 

Holi is a festival primarily observed in India and Nepal.  It is a Hindu celebration that occurs on the first full moon in the 12th month of the Hindu calendar.  Holi has a rich history in the Hindu religion, first and foremost it is the celebration of the new beginnings of Spring, the season of love, and saying a fond farewell to winter.  Holi also commemorates various events in Hindu mythology.

Holi is undoubtedly a joyful and boisterous occasion.  It is a time where one can celebrate regardless of cultural norms, race, class, gender, or ethnicity – everyone is equal. It is during the festival of colors that this becomes most evident.  Differences are dissolved as everyone becomes adorned with the vibrant colors of Holi.  Even the popular expression, “bura na mano, Holi hai”, heard throughout the festivities, translates to “Don’t get offended, it’s Holi!”  The normal barriers of society are set aside.

This spirit of Holi rang true at the celebration in Busan.  The weather was perfect as foreigners from all over the world (and a few brave Koreans) gathered on Haeundae Beach.  As the colors filled the air, it was impossible not to feel a sense of unadulterated happiness; it was truly a celebration of love, hope, and new beginnings. 

Hugs & Kisses,

She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter is dead.” 
A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young


McCall Image said...

This is a great little photo essay. Well done. Great pics.

Liz said...

Thank you! I was terrified of getting the color in/on my camera. I had it wrapped up in plastic for part of the day, so some of the shots are a bit off. Glad you liked it.

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