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Holi, o festival da cor

Março 4, 2010
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A tradição de jogar com as cores do Holi tem as suas raízes numa lenda de Radha e do deus hindu Krishna. Acredita-se que Krishna jovem estava com ciúmes de tez clara Radha desde que ele próprio estava muito escuro. Depois de questionar a sua mãe Yashoda na escuridão da sua pele, Yashoda, pediu-lhe para pintar a cara de Radha na cor que sempre quis. Com um humor malicioso, Krishna aplicou varias cores no rosto de Radha. A tradição da aplicação de cores numa pessoa amada é religiosamente seguida ainda hoje.

 

 

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A Hindu priest tosses dyed color powder known as Gulal powder, passing the blessings of Lord Krishna to Hindu devotees as they play with color during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari Temple on Feb. 26, in Vrindavan, India. Getty Images / Daniel Berehulak

 

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Hindu devotees play with color during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari Temple on Feb. 26, in Vrindavan, India. Getty Images / Daniel Berehulak

 

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A Hindu devotees prays after having played with color during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari Temple on Feb. 27, in Vrindavan, India. Getty Images / Daniel Berehulak

 

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Hindu devotees play with color during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari Temple on Feb. 27, in Vrindavan, India. Getty Images / Daniel Berehulak

 

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Hindu devotees play with color during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari Temple on Feb. 27, in Vrindavan, India. Getty Images / Daniel Berehulak

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Hindu devotees play with color during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari Temple on Feb. 27, in Vrindavan, India. Getty Images / Daniel Berehulak

 

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Dye covers the foot of a Hindu devotees as others play with color during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari Temple on Feb. 27, in Vrindavan, India. Getty Images / Daniel Berehulak

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Hindu devotees play with color during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari Temple on Feb. 28, in Vrindavan, India. Getty Images / Daniel Berehulak

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A Hindu devotees prays as others play with color during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari Temple on Feb. 28, in Vrindavan, India. Getty Images / Daniel Berehulak

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A girl smeared with color throws colored powder as she joins in celebrations of Holi, the Hindu festival of color, in Vrindavan, 140 kilometres from New Delhi, India, Sunday, Feb 28. Vrindavan is famous for Holi celebration, where according to legend, Hindu god Krishna played Holi with his consort Radha. AP / Manish Swarup

 

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People throw colors as they celebrate “Holi,” the festival of color, at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, 140 kilometers (87 miles) from New Delhi, India, Sunday, Feb. 28. AP / Manish Swarup

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Devotees throw color as they celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of color, at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, about 140 kilometers (87 miles) from New Delhi, India, Sunday, Feb. 28. AP / Manish Swarup

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A devotee collects colored powder spread on the floor to be thrown back on devotees again to celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of color, at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, 140 kilometres from New Delhi, India, Sunday, Feb. 28. AP / Manish Swarup

 

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An Indian woman gestures as ‘Aabir’ a colored dust is put on her face as she celebrates Vasantotsav, ‘the Festival of Spring’ in Kolkata, on Feb. 28. Vasantotsav, as the spring festival is called in Bengal, is celebrated in the rest of India as ‘Holi’, the festival of colors. AFP / Getty Images / Deshakalyan Chowdhury

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Indian girls play with ‘Aabir’ a colored dust as they celebrate Vasantotsav, the Festival of Spring, in Kolkata, on Feb. 28. AFP / Getty Images / Deshakalyan Chowdhury

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Indian sadhus, Hindu holy men, smear colored ‘gullal’ power on each other’s faces as they celebrate Holi in Allahabad on Feb. 28. AFP / Getty Images / Diptendu Dutta

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Indian kids smeared with colors look on as they celebrate ‘Holi,’ the Indian festival of colors, in Calcutta, India, Sunday, Feb. 28. AP / Sucheta Das

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An Indian girl reacts as others throw color powder at her as part of celebrating “Holi” in the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, India, Saturday, Feb. 27. AP / Biswaranjan Rout

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A tourist smeared with colors shoots photographs of children celebrating “Holi,” the Indian festival of colors, in Calcutta, India, Sunday, Feb. 28. AP / Bikas Das

 

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Devotees smeared with color celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of color, at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, 140 kilometres from New Delhi, India, Sunday, Feb. 28. AP / Manish Swarup

 

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People are seen smeared in colors on Wed., Feb. 24, as they celebrate Holi, the Indian festival of colors in Mathura, India. AP

 

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