Holi Moly!

We made it back to Kathmandu from our trek in time to celebrate Holi.  To make a long, convoluted story short, Holi is a Hindu festival that celebrates the survival of a Vishnu devotee — Prahlada, son of the demon god Hiranyakashipu — and the death of the demon god’s sister, Holika.  It is a boisterous, day-long event that involves throwing or rubbing colored powder on other celebrants, spraying water, throwing water balloons, and dumping buckets of water from rooftops on Holi participants below.  It is a male mayhem in which few if any Nepali women participate, and the less wholesome among the celebrants take the opportunity to touch women (almost all foreigners) in ways they would not dare otherwise.  It can be a bit intimidating to say the least.  Nonetheless, we all survived it!

Securing Holi supplies the night before, Kathmandu
Securing Holi supplies the night before, Kathmandu
Marked as Holi participants, Kathmandu
Marked as Holi participants, Kathmandu
After an hour on the streets, Holi, Kathmandu
After an hour on the streets, Holi, Kathmandu
Watching the Holi mayhem from the sidelines, Kathmandu
Watching the Holi mayhem from the sidelines, Kathmandu
The boys in a gang of Holi kids, Kathmandu
The boys in a gang of Holi kids, Kathmandu
Heisenberg does Holi
Heisenberg does Holi

5 thoughts on “Holi Moly!

  1. Hi!!!!!! The pictures are wonderful!! We just found the little card you sent us with the blog name so now, finally, we can follow you guys! Sending big hugs and kisses to you all. Happy adventures!!!!

  2. Amy, Coalter, Braxton and Henry I just viewed the trip from the beginning to latest posting (March 29). WOW. Unbelievable. You all look very happy and healthy. Actually Henry looks so much like Amy in some pictures I have to study some photos really closely to determine who is who. Amy, the hair mission seems to be working! I love you all! Keep havin’ fun. V

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