Photo Essay: Holi Mandalay
© Bo Gyi
Holi is a popular ancient Hindu festival, originating from the Indian subcontinent. It is celebrated predominantly in India and Nepal but has also spread to other areas of Asia and parts of the Western world through the diaspora from the Indian subcontinent. The festival signifies the arrival of spring, the end of winter, the blossoming of love, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships.
Holi is observed at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna, which usually falls in the later part of the February or March and is celebrated by people throwing colored powder and colored water at each other. The celebration of Holi festival by a minority of Hindu in Mandalay. The following day, devotees take to the streets to sing, dance and throw colored powder and water at each other.
Location: Mandalay, Myanmar.