And then I found out what it was…
It’s Holi, a Hindu Festival that celebrates the triumph of good over evil.
It also marks the end of winter and the coming of spring. beginning on the last day of the full moon in March, and lasts for a day and a night. (28 to 29th) Night bonfires remind me of Burning Man.
It’s a time of unity, a time of play, laughter, music and dance, a time to repair broken relationships.
As a youth, Lord Krishna, a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, liked to play pranks on the village girls by drenching them in water and colors.
Here is a chance to throw colored powders, to pelt each other with water balloons, and to squirt with water pistols.
It is a time to forgive and forget, a to drink bhang, a drink made with cannabis. It is a time the gods turn a blind eye.
After sobering up, people dress up and visit friends and family.