Photos: Holi festival of colors
March 21st, 2011
05:05 PM ET

Photos: Holi festival of colors

The Holi festival of colors marks the arrival of spring in India. Here, dancers perform during celebrations at the Rajpath Club in Ahmedabad, India, on Sunday, March 20.

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  1. larry kuyper

    Hey, excellent job on writing this Photos: Holi festival of colors – CNN Belief Blog – CNN.com Blogs up, I am going to link this from my personal blog!

    June 26, 2011 at 3:14 am |
  2. artie2

    Justina, did you just step out of an ignorrant little "church" in Kansas? "It's in the bible"..... really? Who's bible? I fear you may be one of the [upper] 87% of people in this country with poor reading and comprehension skills.
    Hurry along now, get back under your rock before someone spots you out amongst the rest of us.

    March 23, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • Christian Justina

      Artie, I hope secular Americans could discover that there is a world beyond Kansas.

      March 24, 2011 at 1:43 am |
  3. hellofromDenver

    Just thought I would add a couple of comments. I have read a few books on India and Hinduism and this is what I gather ..... The term Hindu was originally intended to signify people who lived in that part of the world..(Indus valley ... Indus....Hind). later the term Hindu took it;s current religious connotation. There is no one book or prophet that that tells them what to do or not to do, but all the texts that are "hindu" or "vedic" (that modern day Hindu follow) emphasize on developing one's inner self / conscious and finding one's own path.... and that many paths can lead to the same Ultimate Truth.... just choose the one that you are most comfortable with...I think that's why it's relatively easy for them to be secular, because they view other religions as just "yet another well justified way" to strive toward the Ultimate.

    I am also told that the festival of Holi has more to do with the arrival of spring. This is the time when Indian farmers would start their farming activities (in older days). And the "colorful part of it signifies the arrival of may colors in nature with the coming of spring.

    March 23, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  4. Max

    this is the very root cause of all the problems....Stop it guys ! Think something +ve...we are in 21st century not on roman times..

    March 23, 2011 at 1:20 am |
  5. Max

    @Frederica.. I can only ask almighty to forgive you for your lack of knowledge ..God is one..we create various faces and give various names..be careful what you say as Jesus is also listening to you..

    March 23, 2011 at 1:17 am |
    • Frederica

      The one true God is the God whom the Bible tells us about. You are free to choose to enjoy whatever trash lies only until the Judgment Day.

      March 24, 2011 at 1:46 am |
  6. Frederica

    Hindus need Jesus. God says everyone dies and faces eternal judgment after that. No such thing as karma or reincarnation but only just judgment after death. Only genuine faith in Jesus can deliver human beings from the just eternal punishment. Hindus also need to give Dalits much better treatment and stop killing non-Hindus and burning their worship places in all parts of their land.

    March 22, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
    • Thinkerage

      Sure Frederica darling.... lets wipe out a religion that actually talks about all paths no matter what leads to God. That will help in today's times! Caste problem is an issue but so is racism and if you just read back through the history of the world, class distinctions have been an issue everywhere. Anyways, get a grip and stop using cnn as a sounding board for your evangelical drivel.

      March 23, 2011 at 7:28 am |
    • irie

      f*** jesus

      March 23, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • Frederica

      @Thinkerage: You secular Westerners don't care what truth is, unlike your ancestors, because truth is inconvenient for you. That's why you think the way you do. A regressing species.

      March 24, 2011 at 1:50 am |
    • Robin

      You know what Frederica. Please Spare us. I am an Indian Hindu and have manyy christians as family friends and neighbours. India everyone celebrates ALL festivals of all religions, Diwali, Holi, Eid, Christmas, DUsshera etc etc together. this is mainly in Cities.

      But what i Hate is that in some remote Villages we have Christian missionaries trying to 'Save' Hindus and teach them christianity. They do it by Calling Hindus 'Devils' and our Rituals as 'Devil's Worship'. They preach the same to the offspring as well. So what you have is a Bunch of Christians from a very tiny village SCARED of anythign to do with Hindus.

      Why would you christians do that? I can never understand. I wish more of the missionaries would be like Mother Theresa, who actually was saving us, rather than some retards that wanna 'SAVE US' from our own religion.


      March 29, 2011 at 2:03 am |
  7. T-party

    @ Max great point. if anyone is in the Dark when it comes to God are fundies from Islam and evangelicals in Christianity

    March 22, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
    • Frederica

      @T-party, Pagans and atheists are in utter darkness and only Evangelical Christians can help them.

      March 22, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  8. JohnR

    I'll give the Hindus credit – they are more colorful than the 60s!!! Not much, but not nothing. I could just barely imagine being a secular Hindu. Just barely. But then there's that whole caste thing. Yeah, I'll stay away. But this looks like true joy, not the glazed-over pseudo-joy of so many religious people.

    March 22, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  9. theoldadam

    All the Hindus that I know are great people. In the dark where God is concerned, but very nice people. And great food!

    March 22, 2011 at 9:05 am |
    • Max

      I am not an Indian nor a Hindu, but I do study this culture quite a lot as I find it very fascinating and more and more I learn I think this takes us to roots to our civilizations…
      Hindu's are the oldest culture on the phase of earth. This culture is more than 20,000 years old. Most commonly it can be seen as a "way of life" which gives rise to many other forms of religions. There are facts that Christ travelled India and stayed 18 years in Nalnda –a place of an ancient center of higher learning, to gain the ultimate knowledge. theoldadam, you response on hindu’s in dark where god is concern, let me tell you that this culture is far ahead of any other culture in the world and it will take few 1000 years more for rest of the world to catch up.You may be surprised to learn that the Hindu name was given by invaders from middle east and western world to Indian subcontinent between 14-19th centuries, this culture is above any religion. Talking about Holi festival is also one of the most oldest one..

      March 22, 2011 at 9:42 am |
  10. T-party

    Hindu's seem like nice hard working folks...have to admit I know very little about their religion...

    March 21, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
  11. Justina

    If they are the colors of the rainbow,then they are 'GAY' its in the bible.

    March 21, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
    • Christine

      Justina you are rude, misinformed young person.

      March 21, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
    • Ron

      Just a thought. Why not live over there for awhile and taste the rainbow. You might like it.

      March 21, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
    • Mr. Sniffles

      While Justina is certainly rude and uninformed (and a whole lot of other unpleasant things), I rather think that this is a troll and not Justina. Even a psycho-zealot like Justina knows that the rainbow is not associated with gay in the bible.

      If it actually is Justina, then she is even dumber than we imagined, as there are only two mentions of a rainbow in the bible, and one of those is that God is surrounded with a rainbow in a vision by Ezekiel. Based on that, God must be gay.

      The other is of course the story of Noah, where it symbolizes his mercy (after he killed everyone else on the planet).

      March 21, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Is this the real Justina, the fake Justina, or the real fake Justina? I've seen commentaries from enough Justinas to sink a battleship. You're a real piece of work in all your incarnations.

      March 21, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
    • Harry Hippobottomus

      Justina was still asleep when that was posted. It would have been about 4 am in Germany. She was probably born in East Germany – the severe repression of any religion in East Germany, especially a fundamentalist form such as hers, combined with the self-repression of extremist religions, would have totally alienated her from others and left her severely embittered to the point of delusion.

      March 21, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
    • Christian Justina

      The top is a false Justina. I'm no longer commenting under any "Justina" unless I find a false one. Anti-christians are disgusting.

      March 22, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
    • Christian Justina

      Guys, if you are talking about the Christian original Justina, I'm very old. And I'm not German, Korean or Chinese or Baptist. Rainbows have nothing to do with gays, as the sun has nothing to do with imperialism. I love atheists and gays in Jesus and pray for them. I'm very sad you guys didn't get my straight-forward fact-telling, my love, nor my humor. I did my best with my ESL-aquired English, but I think I will cease writing on CNN soon because you guys are hating me so much. Please remember Christians love you though we offend you with Truth. It's good to be offended by Truth on a failing planet, you know.

      March 22, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
    • Mr. Sniffles

      Oh do keep on posting here, Justina! The world needs to see the ugly truth about evangelicals. People like you are such a good reason to chose secularism.

      March 23, 2011 at 1:50 am |
    • Christian Justina

      Mr. Sniffles. The world will be judged again like Noah's time because people are evil. American Evangelicals are the most beautiful people. Say whatever you want now and get rescued by them... again. Again and again. USA is a big trash without them.

      March 24, 2011 at 1:55 am |
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