Indians covered in colourful powder as they pray at the Radha Rani Temple in Barsana, India, during ‘Lathmar Holi’, a variation of Holi that includes women playfully beating men with sticks. Photo: AP

Holi explained: India’s ‘festival of colours’ is all about fun, freedom and forgiveness

  • Entire neighbourhoods and towns come together on Holi to splash and smear each other with coloured powder, paint and water, all in good humour
  • The tradition is believed to have come from a mischievous boyhood prank that the god Krishna played upon Radha, his beloved
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Indians covered in colourful powder as they pray at the Radha Rani Temple in Barsana, India, during ‘Lathmar Holi’, a variation of Holi that includes women playfully beating men with sticks. Photo: AP
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Bhakti Mathur

Bhakti Mathur

Bhakti took to writing in 2010 when she created the popular Amma, Tell Me series of children’s picture books about Indian festivals and mythology. After a long stint as a banker, she now juggles her time between her writing, her passion for yoga and long-distance running, and her family.