Holi Festival in Rajastan

Holi is often celebrated by singing in large choruses with instrumental accompaniments, similar to the tradition of Christmas caroling. This custom originated in the mountainous regions of northern India and Nepal but is now popular in Holi celebrations around the word.

Tina Lorien, 2019. Holi Festival in Rajastan. Photography. ©Tina Lorien. All rights reserved.

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Holi (Sanskrit: होली Holī) is a Hindu spring festival that is celebrated across the Indian subcontinent and by the greater South Asian diaspora across the world. Aside from being the festival of colors, Holi is a time to celebrate unbridled joy, love, and the triumph of good over evil. Through visual art, this installation highlights some of the spirit and traditions associated with Holi such as throwing colored powdered and spraying colored water through pichkari at friends and family and poojas (religious ceremonies).  

This collection is the result of generous donations from the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, the MGH Department of Dermatology, and the MGH Employee Resource Group Leaders Group.

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