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Holi One Party

Photographer: Kim Ludbrook


Once a year in India and the subcontinent the Hindu festival of Holi celebrates the beginning of spring as thousands of people enjoy the ritual of covering themselves in colored powder as a mark of their spirituality. Holi falls on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna, which was on 27 March this year.


Recently in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa, a commercial adaptation called the Holi One Colour Festival, was witnessed by thousands of party goers dancing to professional DJ's and every hour the festival would count down to a massive explosion of colored paint as the revellers threw bags of powdered paint into the air and onto friends and other festival goers.


Thousands of people in 2013, dressed in white, have come together to share in music, dance, performance art and visual stimulation as they attended the first Holi One Festival in South Africa.