Holi: People, colors, emotions and a little bit of splash

“Holi (English pronunciation: /ˈhl/) (Sanskrit: होली) is a spring festival also known as the festival of colours and the festival of love. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities.” – Wikipedia

Though a traditionally a Hindu festival, Holi in Bangladesh has become something more of an universal festival of colors and enjoyment for everyone of all religion. In the alleys of Shakharibazar and Tantibazar, old Dhaka the festival is participated and visited by people of all religion from all over the busy capital of Bangladesh.

It has also become an annual ritual for members of the ‘BUET Photographic Society’ to visit the festival and shoot some pictures while having fun with the locals throughout the day.
Here are some of my photos from this year.

Click on the photos for larger version.



110 thoughts on “Holi: People, colors, emotions and a little bit of splash

  1. I love Holi, its one of my fav. Indian festival (next is Diwali) . I used celebrate this wonderful, lovely festival with my lovely cousins, aunts an uncles. I miss it so much… Oh Holi, I can’t wait for you to come back next year. 🙂


  2. Wow lovely colours and lovely pics. So nice to see everyone enjoying.

    Are these pics from Bangladesh? If yes, then I learnt something today. I always thought it was played only in India.


  3. Reblogged this on My Loving Art Project and commented:
    A multicultural experience of spring, colour and love. This is such a sacred season all around the world. We are alive and connected through creativity. It is the greatest gift we have for each other. I love these beautiful pictures of the Holi festival in Bangladesh. All the images taken by the “BUET Photographic Society” are such expressions of joy. Thank you for sharing these with us.


  4. amazing photos. fun to watch,showing the true spirit of holi played by each member of the society from children to aged ones,from rich to poor ones.GREAT WORK………


  5. Beautiful photos! Looks like a wonderful cultural experience. I would love to get there some day.


  6. Impressive set of photos. Although yours were set in Bangladesh I hope to attend a similar festival in India in the future. (Browsing futher through your blog I have to say that I enjoy it very much – keep up the good work!)


  7. it took me a while to relax about Holi, I never figured out if the pigment was toxic or not… wonderful photographs truly


  8. Reblogged this on Lily + Hawthorne and commented:
    I love this post, because of the uniqueness of the Holi. How many other countries, other cultures, even, have such a unique festival? Not many. Although I don’t follow the Hindi religion, it can still fascinate and enchant me. Such a blatant celebration, such a fun experience for those who enjoy it.


  9. Thank you for sharing this immersing tradition. The vibrancy of the coming together of the people, the place, and the mood. It truly translates through these amazing scenes you have captured in time. The very essence of color, and Spiritual, BLESSED Beings, is truly an awakening, and a celebration of LIFE.


  10. Great fun for everyone – very therapeautic, I guess…If you run a laundry, this must give lots of business next day! They’d need the money, I guess.


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