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These Stunning Pictures From This Year’s Holi Celebration Will Give You FOMO

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One of the most visually stunning festivals of the year wrapped up on Monday, and the event was gorgeous as usual. The Holi Festival or Festival of Colors is a Hindu festival that celebrates love and the triumph of good over evil. In India and Nepal, the holiday encompasses two days of events — most recognizable being the full day spent throwing bright, colorful powdered pigment at people in the streets. The joyous festival is a marker for the arrival of spring, and the fun is infectious.

These days, there are incarnations of Holi held around the world — though it would be impossible to match the pure scale of the celebration in India, where millions join in.

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It’s a wild mess of a day — now featuring all sorts of new color-soaking methods from buckets to super soakers.

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Unfortunately, we have to acknowledge that the festival has bred some troubling patterns that need to be addressed. There are concerns of sexual assault that spring up around the celebration — with men using the big crowds and playful nature of the holiday as an excuse to grope and harass women. The answer for a number of women’s dorms in India this year was to simply lock the women in and keep them from going out on the streets to enjoy/participate in the festival. It’s a troubling fix, one that perpetuates a “boys will be boys” attitude.

We should all strive to live in a world where the responsibility and onus for treating people with respect is shared. Until we do, women will be continued to be blamed and marginalized for simply existing.

It’s a topic that needs mentioning (even in a photo roundup), because Holi should be a time to be happy — with everyone enjoying the festival without worry.

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