Last Wednesday (March 11th), people in India and other countries with large Hindu populations celebrated Holi, the Festival of Colors. Holi is celebrated as a welcoming of Spring, and a celebration of the triumph of good over evil. What that translates to in action is an enthusiastic dropping of inhibitions, as people chase each other and playfully splash colorful paint, powder and water on each other (REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw) #
Holi is a religious spring festival celebrated primarily by Hindus. It’s also known as Festival of Colors. Every year, thousands of Hindus participate in the festival Holi. The festival has many purposes. First and foremost, it celebrates the beginning of the new season, spring. Originally, it was a festival that commemorated good harvests and the fertile land. Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring’s abundant colors and saying farewell to winter.
Indian villagers from Nandgaon wait for the arrival of villagers from Barsana to play Lathmar Holi at the Nandagram temple famous for Lord Krishna and his brother Balram, in Nandgaon, India, March 22, 2013. ( Manish Swarup/Associated Press)
22 Stunning Vintage Photos of Ghanaian Life and Style
Renowned Ghanian Fashion photographer James Barnor has captured over 50 years on film. Starting out in Ghana, he was the first photojournalist for the British-formed newspaper The Daily Graphic and later pioneered the first color photo lab to Ghana. Barnor later moved to London amidst the swinging sixties to capture the African diaspora. Below are a few photos from Barnor’s exhibit Ghana – A Heritage Ever Young that bring the past to life.