6-Days of India's Holi Festival: The Greatest Colour Show On Earth Pt.2

Updated: Aug 23, 2019

Day 4 - Widow Holi

A relatively new form of Holi celebration is Widow Holi. Many widows cast out from their communities, travel hundreds of km's to seek sanctuary in the Gopinath Temple, Vrindavan.

Pushing back against the social norms of the Indian culture, these women have chosen to celebrate Holi themselves and in their own unique way.

Unfortunately, when we arrived, we were informed that due to the death of a major priest a few days before, the celebrations would be cancelled.

These are the images I captured of the service held for the priest.

Day 5 - Vrindavan Holi (Morning)

Celebrations began once again early in the morning at the Banke Bihari Temple. This time we arrived first and positioned ourselves with a clear entrance through the crowd and straight to the top balcony.

From here we had uninterrupted views of the celebrations below.

Upon leaving this temple, we made our way to the Shri Radha Vallabh Temple where the room was full of people praying to the alters all the while been showered in water and colour. The humidity was high, and with the light spilling in from above the entire temple was going wild.

Day 5 - Holika Dahan Mathura (Afternoon)

Celebrations continued that afternoon in the nearby city of Mathura where thousands of people celebrate alongside a large procession of colourful floats. Each float was bellowing loud dance music and covering passers-by with water and powder.

After the procession, numerous bonfires are lit around the city to commemorate the legend of Prahlad.