Saturday, April 2, 2011
My dear friends Ratnanjali Adhar and Vinayanjali Plainfield threw a fantastic Holi party across from Hoyt Arboretum in Washington Park this morning, and I risked life, limb, and camera to get some shots of the colors, food, dancing (full-on choreography to "Jai Ho" no less!), and general tomfoolery of the day. Holi is the Hindu festival of Spring, a celebration of the reawakening of the seasons and our senses. Around the world, people celebrate Holi by spraying each other with colored water and smearing colored powders all over each other's faces. Everyone becomes a little kid, chasing each other around with water balloons of color and handfuls of bright colored dust - you have to see it to understand - and it becomes all-out war.
Given the heavy grey clouds this morning, I was really worried how the weather would shape up - as I was driving up Burnside to the West Hills I even got caught in a pretty epic hail storm - but the sun graced us with its presence and made for some pretty great shots. Ratna and Anjali stayed up until three this morning making some really awesome Indian snacks (including some fantastic samosas), we had Bollywood jams from DJ Prashant (who hosts the Jai Ho party at the Crystal Ballroom), and all the proceeds from the event were donated to Tsunami and Earthquake relief for Japan. Once in a while you get to participate in an event that is just all-around awesome - great people, great food, great music, for an even better cause. I'm sure I'll never really be able to get all the pink powder out of the space around the dials and buttons of my camera, but it was worth it.
This might be too much information, but I just sneezed, and it was purple. This party's going to stick with me for a while. Check out the photos: