Holi Kathmandu

“Playing” Holi

Today everyone is celebrating the festival of Holi in Nepal.  The festival lasts about 3 days; tomorrow is the big day in India but in Nepal it’s today.  Holi hails the arrival of Spring and of course worships several gods.  Its celebrated by people throwing coloured powder and coloured water at each other and is often called the festival of colour.  So basically it means that if you leave the house you risk having brightly coloured paint chucked over you or dodging water bombs – or both!  Not a day to go out in your new white linen outfit (not that either of us has one!).  Families and friends traditionally gather in their gardens and yards to “play Holi” and we watched our neighbours from a safe distance (photos attached).  Prakash who works at the apartments tried to persuade Mark to “play Holi” with Basant, our landlord when he arrived and left red powder outside our door to use.  However, Mark didn’t want to risk a rent raise and chickened out, particularly as Basant arrived smartly dressed in his shirt and cravat!

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