Hindu devotees played with color yesterday during celebrations of Holi, the festival of colors, in the streets near the Bankey Bihari Temple in Vrindavan, India. The festival is meant to welcome spring and win the blessings of gods for good harvests and fertility of the land.
The tradition of playing with colors on Holi draws its roots from a legend of Radha and the Hindu god Krishna. It is believed that young Krishna was jealous of Radha’s fair complexion. Krishna questioned his mother Yashoda on the darkness of his own complexion. Yashoda teasingly asked him to color Radha’s face in whichever color he wanted. The tradition of applying color on one’s beloved is being religiously followed to this date.
That now begs the question — What color would you like to be? Let me know and I’ll think of you today as your favorite color. You could even be several colors if you’d like. There are no limits to the imagination. Make your choice. Ready? Go!