Holi Holi Holi Holi

Trip Start Feb 24, 2007
Trip End Mar 09, 2007

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Sunday, March 4, 2007

Today we were confined to the hotel because it is Holi, a Hindu religious festival of colour and paint.  For the last week we have been receiving colours as we left villages in the lead up to Holi, so we were very excited about going out and playing Holi in Gwalior.  Apparently things can get a bit out of hand, last night as we returned home there were riot police heading into town, so Maria and Johnson were concerned that as westerns we would be an obvious target and things could be dangerous.  Instead we had our own Holi festival at the hotel, with WaterAid, Sambhav and the hotel staff. 

The aim of the "game" seems to be to cover everybody that you see in as much brightly coloured paint as possible! Brilliant!!!!! Is the best description and I can't remember when i last had so much fun.  For about 2 hours we all went completely mad, smearing paint on everyone, singing, dancing and running around.  I think after the last 5 or 6 days and the intensity of what we have seen we all needed to release a lot of energy and emotion, and Holi was the perfect way to do this. 

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