There’s always something crazy happening in London. Last weekend, in the concrete sea of Battersea Park, thousands of people clad in white gathered to turn themselves into rainbows.
The event was inspired by the religious festival Holi, where Hindus gather together in February/March to celebrate the coming of spring and throw masses of coloured powder at each other. The festival at Battersea exported the idea of coloured powder, cast aside the relgious motivations, then added alcohol, a stage and DJs for good measure. The result? A great big messy party!
Thousands of clean-clothed people gathered to Battersea to attend the festival.
It didn’t take long for the powder to be unleashed!
Every hour festival goers were encouraged to throw their powder en-mass. As they did, clouds of colour blocked out the sunlight, and participants were caked from head to toe in layers of powder.
Rainbowed people emerged from the aftermath.
And as the dust settled, the party continued…
When the day drew to a close the underground became populated with a colourful array of people!
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realy amazing photos when i see that photos i can feel the “HOLI”
We have stuff like this in the States except instead of a festival, it’s a 5km run! Then of course at the end, you get to drink beer :) So much fun!
This is just like Holi!
Holi is indeed a wonderful experience. My university had one of those celebrations earlier this year- it was wet, mucky, colorful, and insanely fun.
Amazing shots! You have captured happiness!
Being Indian, I completely love the Holi Festival (despite the wee bit of chaos it has degenerated into over the years, here in India).
Your pictures truly capture the vibrancy this festival originally stood for.
Love the post :)
Great pics!! Some friends and I did this last year here in Arizona, USA. I love the pics that we took, keeps memories alive!
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Great images, felt nostalgic. Wish I had been there,
Awesome photos! Looks and sounds amazing! I’d love to go to one of these events! :D
Stunning pictures. Thank you
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This looks amazing! Love your photos – I feel like I was ther just by looking through them!
Stunning Photos! How did you keep your camera clean?!?
Thank you! I put it inside a clear bag, cut a hole for the lens to fit through, then taped all the edges back up again. It seemed to work rather well!!
What a great event and your photos capture the feeling really well!
looked like so much fun and you captured an amazing experience. I’ve always wondered though, is the powder harmful to breathe in?
Thank you! I breathed in a LOT and it didn’t seem to do me any harm! I know it was non toxic, etc, though I imagine – as with most things – that too much of it probably wouldn’t be a good thing…
Looks like everyone had fun. Great photos. Unfortunately I missed the one in South Africa
That looks like so much fun!!
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How magnificent! I wish I was there with you guys!
Makes me want to vacation in London again! Thanks for the awesome pictures!
Aww! Looks like a lot of fun! Awesome pictures!!!
Reminds me of Holi, I want to be there!
I love the color runs we do in the states! Detroit has a color run called “Run or Dye!” On Sept 14th, it’s only a 5k so it’s perfect for families :)
This looks like so much fun! I wanted to go too, but missed it this year :( How did you protect your camera??
That’s great. I remember reading something online about that event and wanting to go. Couldn’t unforntunately due to work, Hope you had an amazing time. Your photos prove you did!