In the April 8th edition of Time Magazine this photo was posted of men with green faces:
The colors on their faces and bodies make them look like live Green Men. In truth they are celebrating the Hindi Lathmar Holi celebration that takes place on March 22nd. Below is the history of the festival:
The colorful celebration has its roots in Hindu mythology. It’s said that darker-skinned Krishna was jealous of fair-skinned Radha and pestered his foster mother Yashoda about it so much that she told him he could change Radha’s skin by dousing her in colors.
Thus, each spring Holi revelers hurl neon powder (known as gulal) and colored water into the air, tie-dying participants into spirographs of color. The vibrant hues are said to represent energy, life, joy and the coming of spring.
Celebrants light huge bonfires to ward off evil spirits and commemorate the victory of good over evil on the eve of Holi. On the day of the main event, men typically wear white kurtas, while ladies don white saris or shalwar kameez. Of course, these clothes don’t stay white for long. Children have free range to smear colors on friends and neighbors while adults toss dyed water and gulal in a riot of color. (from: http://www.ibtimes.com/holi-2013-indias-festival-colors-photos-1153855 )
Another celebration of Spring and live and good over evil. Perhaps next year I can convince friends to toss about some neon powders on March 22nd in a small copycat celebration in the States.