the holi spring festival

Holi aesthetic

Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival, a spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal, also known as the “festival of colors” or the “festival of love”. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships, and is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest. This year (2017) it is celebrated on 13 March.

Holi celebrations start on the night before Holi with a Holika Dahan where people gather, do religious rituals in front of the bonfire, and pray that their internal evil be destroyed the way Holika, the sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu, was killed in the fire. The next morning is celebrated as Rangwali Holi – a free-for-all carnival of colors, where people smear each other with colors and drench each other. Water guns and water-filled balloons are also used to play and color each other. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. The frolic and fight with colors occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and other musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People visit family, friends and foes to throw colored powders on each other, laugh and gossip, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks.  

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Holi, the ancient Hindu “Festival of Colors” that celebrates the arrival of spring and the end of winter, has been celebrated again this year in India. Participants playfully splash colorful paint, powder and water on each other in open streets. The festival lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon day). This year, it was observed on March 13.

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Holi, a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal that signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. It is also known as the “festival of love” or the “festival of colors.”

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Holi festival: Indian widows overturn 400-years of tradition to celebrate
Indian widows are traditionally not meant to partake in Holi - the auspicious festival of colour.

“Indian widows are traditionally not meant to partake in Holi - the auspicious festival of colour. But this March 21, thousands of widowed women gathered at temples in Vrindavan in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh to celebrate the spring festival.”

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Holi - India

Holi is a spring festival, known as the festival of colour, or the festival of love. It is the most widely celebrated Hindu festival. Though it is mainly observed in India & Nepal, celebrations have spread to other parts of the world, and is now celebrated by non religious people who enjoy the sentiment of love and colour that the festival stands for. 

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Magnus shows Alec the world 

(a.k.a. “Alec deserves nice things”)

This is my take on the whole “let’s imagine the famous vacation” theme. Without actually calling it a vacation. In between fighting multiple wars. Only not really.

You get the drill.

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Magnus is fairly sure that it’s an unimaginable atrocity that Alec had never seen anything else other than New York and Idris. In fact, he’s convinced that it’s an unspeakable crime against humanity (and Nephilim and Downworlders and pretty much everything in between) that needs to be rectified as soon as possible. Alec just calls him a drama queen and could Magnus stop bemoaning his tragic fate and help him with dinner already?

Nevertheless, Magnus is nothing if not stubborn and he’s like a dog with a bone and before Alec knows what really happened, he’s agreeing to go anywhere the warlock wants.

The fact that Magnus convinces him after a round of truly spectacular sex is just a coincidence.

Really.

Alec is reluctant at first. He’s not sure he wants Magnus to spend an extravagant amount of money on him, but the older man just waves a hand at him and tells him not to be ridiculous. They won’t actually spend money on the travel itself, instead using portals. And any other fee - food, accommodations, souvenirs or entertainment - won’t even put a dent in Magnus’ savings.

Alec isn’t sure if he should take comfort in that knowledge or feel taken aback by the amount of money Magnus apparently has hoarded over the years.

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