Thursday, August 16, 2012

Clumsy's Bucket List Entry #5 - Festival of Colors

I just came across this Vimeo vid one fine morning:

This Good Line video production is about the Festival of Colors or "Holi", a Hindu tradition celebrating the coming of spring. In more traditional versions, folks use scented powders made from various spring blossoms. Others even mix medicinal herbs such as Neem, KumKum, Bilva and Haldi to combat cough and cold, which are common afflictions during the change of seasons.

Sadly, modern celebrations now use artificial colors, some of which are toxic enough to cause a less colorful spectrum of health problems.

Myths explaining its origins came a little later. While the change of season idea makes a whole lot more sense, the legends make the event even more colorful. Holi usually falls on March and is observed in countries greatly influenced by Hinduism such as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal. I already feel sorry for those with asthma.

In this movie, "Outsourced", the Holi War, as it is fondly called, served as a backdrop during one of the movie's major turn of events.

If the world isn't doomed by the end of this year, I swear, I'll be joining one of those rainbow ruckuses next year... or the year after that... or before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

Mark my words, I'll cross this one out.

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