Letter writer: Indian Holi tradition works best with water

Graphic by Lori Deaton

Holi without water is like bread without butter.

In addition to tossing colored powder about [reported in “Blissed Out: Color Faire Brings Yoga, Music and Color Throwing to Asheville,” Sept. 9, Xpress], it is customary to use various methods of spraying water on the festival participants, drenching them deliberately.

An alternative is spraying colored water. Some people buy special inexpensive white, washable pajamalike garments (called “kurta”) in which to celebrate, knowing they will develop random designs over time.

I have attended a Holi day in Udaipur, India.

— Marlene Dallo


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