Huranga Holi celebration in Dauji temple, Baldeo, Mathura

  • Photographer
    Cecilia Colussi
  • Prize
    Honorable Mention
  • Company/Studio
    Cecilia Colussi Photography
  • Date of Photograph
    March 2016

On the day after Holi, Huranga Holi is celebrated at Dauji temple, located in Baldeo, about 30 km outside Mathura, India. The tradition dates back to more than 500 years, when the Krishna temple was established. Huranga Holi is a game where women from the family which established the temple, playfully tear off the mens shirts and beat them up with strips of their own clothes, in the temple courtyard. Men retaliate drenching women with buckets of liquid colors. After some hours the temple is awash with colored water. It’s a huge family with about 3000 members now, and they all come to the village from across the world for the festival. Being covered in color brings relative anonymity, and in largely conservative India, this means Holi is a time when men and women and boys and girls can socialize with relative freedom.

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