13 April 2012


If you live in a large, multi-ethnic city virtually anywhere in the world it is a possibility that you have seen groups of people in parks merrily spattering each other with paint. While you might be excused for thinking that it is a new form of corporate team building – and what a great one that would be – you would be wrong. The throwing of multi-colored water and powder is in fact the popular Hindu spring Festival of Colors, also known as Holi. Look at it another way - this is the world's original religiously sanctioned flash mob!

This festival has been conducted in India and Nepal for hundreds of years but as the Hindu diaspora grows other countries as far afield as the UK and the US are getting involved in the fun. Fun, of course, but like Christmas in as much as it has some serious religion at its heart.This remarkable video was created by Variable.