I tried to put all our names in but it was too long so I had to edit it myself– I think it’s safe to say I speak for all four of us in any case
OK, so here’s part 2 of the letter from Holi – we went there to experience it and enjoy it, but with 2 small kids I admit we did it a little bit “Holi-lite”. You see all the amazing pictures of colour in the air and huge crowds at the big temples, but crowds like that could be overwhelming, not to mention that it’s known that over excited people, who also get intoxicated, tend to get a little “feely”. We went there to have fun and to enjoy some of the spirit of the festival, not to feel uncomfortable! So we stayed low key and just ventured out and about around the neighbourhood of our guesthouse, where we met plenty of excitable people and we got invited into peoples small scale celebrations before letting the girls have some fun of their own… and fun it definitely WAS!!!!
Here are some pics, but keep scrolling for a fun little video of our Holi celebrations too…
The girls started off in lovely white dresses that our friend Courtney from Courtneycourtney sent them – just for this very reason – what a star she is (they were later left at the laundry to be cleaned and donated to some street children) Some of their first colour – some gained from meeting people in the street, and some self inflicted (as you’ll see in the video!)getting into the spirit of colour throwing!!! Anyone who knows out Indy knows she is the ultimate rainbow girl – she LOVES bright colours and is all about rainbow clothing – she also has a feisty little temper on her – after the day was over, she refused to let us wash her hair, and her hair remained somewhat rainbow coloured for the next month or so!!!! It made for a cheap souvenir of our travelsAnd after having fun on the streets and out and about we then we let the girls let loose and have some fun of their own…. they went and bought the colours they wanted from a guy on the street (pic posted yesterday) and then played Holi, as the Indians say!! And here’s the video…. my first attempt at doing video/photos into a film and despite it’s technical flaws I LOVE it!!!! This contains lots more pictures of the fun because there was no way i could put them all into a blog post!!!!
When we got back to our guesthouse they hosed us off before letting us inI’m honestly not surprised!!!!
I think I will treasure these memories and photos for as long as I live – I’d always wanted to go to Holi and to go with my girls and see them embrace it and have so much fun was really amazing – in fact our whole trip to India was amazing, as they always are and I’m always delighted to see them drink in the differences and the vibrancy and to question things that are different to our lives – I hope to be back to share more pictures from our trip soon, until then Happy Holi 2014 from the Larmours xxxx
These pictures are well overdue (but aren’t the ones of most of our travels???). We went to Jaipur for Holi, otherwise known as the festival of colours last March (March 2013) and as time went on I challenged myself to get these up in time for Holi this year – which is next week!!! So here we go…. you can read a little about what Holi is here but it’s basically a Hindu festival to mark the end of winter and welcome the abundant colours of spring – hence, the bright colours everywhere… it really is quite a sight to see and experience – here are some of our pictures – and tomorrow I’ll post some more of us taking part in the celebrations and a video
Walking the streets of Jaipur there’s coloured paint on sale everywhere…
Even before the festival properly starts there’s paint on the floor outside the temples where people have started getting into the spirit of things…
I’ll post some more pictures of us and a video of the Holi celebrations later,
Until then… kirsty xx