The littlest festival goers of Holi

Following up on my last post about the Holi Festival in Maple Valley, here are some photos of the littlest and most colourful festival goers. I couldn’t stop taking photos; they looked so darned cute.

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So much fun! My backpack may never recover. I’m not kidding.

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What used to be a plain black backpack

In other news, my hair is no longer purple. It is now pink. Gulp.

Feeling rather less hopeful that I can rock that particular look.Β πŸ™‚

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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71 Responses to The littlest festival goers of Holi

  1. ledrakenoir says:

    Wonderful photos, amazing colors and excellent captured… πŸ™‚

  2. vastlycurious.com says:

    I nominate you for my own personal cheer me up award!

  3. elizz says:

    Oh ailsa! that was fun…

  4. lensaddiction says:

    Love the smiling man covered in colour and the very clean sleeping baby. Some great emotions captured, I would have been afraid to have my camera out incase it got bombed!

  5. John says:

    Excellent photos! Glad your camera escaped color splash. πŸ™‚

  6. Paige says:

    Wonderful photos!! I had no idea Maple Valley had anything like that. Thanks for all of these … I also love the man with the sleeping baby, and the 3 little girls in the header. πŸ™‚

    • ailsapm says:

      I was thrilled to find a festival so close to Seattle, Paige, the surroundings were beautiful too, it’s pretty rural and the trees around the grounds were gorgeous.

  7. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Wonderful, a little and big kids dream!

  8. Colors are wonderful. I will take a future look at the country!

    • ailsapm says:

      I’ve always been enchanted by India’s love affair with colour. It makes the west look slightly dull and unimaginative. πŸ™‚

  9. fabulous, fabulous colours. Only in the US could you find something like this outside India, I suspect, but I may be wrong ……

    • ailsapm says:

      The UK also has Holi festivals – I’m pretty sure there’s one in Twickenham and positive there’s one up in Manchester. I don’t know about other countries though. Boy, was I excited to have found a festival so close. It was such fun! πŸ™‚

  10. viveka says:

    Wonderful photos …. I have seen it on TV and see read about this festival – fantastic … I love colors, not found of black & white .. or sepia .. colors and more colors please. In Thailand they have a festival also this time of year, I think … where they throw water on each other for 24 hours.
    Really enjoy this gallery, fantastic photos of festival people.

  11. Gorgeous photos – so many subtleties of mood.

  12. nheijkoop says:

    Once in my life i wanna go to this kind of festival to where they all trow colorfull stuff in the air ,i actually dont know what it is πŸ™‚ nice photograph

    • ailsapm says:

      The coloured powder is called gulal – you’re in the Netherlands, aren’t you? I think there’s a Holi festival in the Hague each year. Check it out and maybe you can go next year. πŸ™‚

  13. I can see why you couldn’t stop taking photos! Looks like a good time was had by all…except for perhaps the boy with green.

    • ailsapm says:

      Aww, he looked awfully put out at that moment, Marilyn, it was really cute – but later on he was zipping around playing with his friends. πŸ™‚

  14. Great images, facial expressions… a bit otherworldly, almost.

  15. Wonderful color and faces in these posts, Ailsa! πŸ˜‰

  16. Fantastic! I’d love to catch one of these festivals. All that color is right up my alley! Thanks for sharing such great photos!

  17. I especially liked the cropped photo at the top of your blog of your photo # 10.

  18. ae.i says:

    I completely agree: too cute not to photograph it! πŸ™‚

    • ailsapm says:

      Seriously, I had a hard time walking through the crowd because every few steps I’d spot another great face peeping up at me that I had to photograph. So cute. πŸ™‚

  19. semprevento says:

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    kiss
    vento

  20. Wow! Absolutely amazing photos :). They are fabulous people over there, very warm hearted.

    Thank you for sharing this.

    • ailsapm says:

      So glad you enjoyed the photos, it was really the most wonderful festival and everyone was so welcoming, I loved every minute of it. xxx

    • ailsapm says:

      I know, I think we should go crazy with colour at least a couple of times a year, I’ve got a big silly smile plastered all over my face just looking back over these photos. πŸ™‚

  21. Susie C. says:

    Oh, this made me smile! Lovely colors, beautiful children…what a happy day you had!

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh Susie, it was a wonderful, silly, fun day. I may have to go again next year, that amount of colour and joy is a photographer’s dream! πŸ™‚

  22. Awesome. I would truly love to see this in action. Although I might want a protective coating on the camera πŸ™‚

    • ailsapm says:

      It is most definitely a festival to look for next year, Michael, it’s a huge amount of fun – and yes, find something to protect your camera – I got very lucky with mine but had to shield it several times from powder bombs – I’m pretty sure that’s why I ended up with pink hair, haha, the lengths I’ll go to to save my camera!

  23. Adorable! But I bet moms and dads had quite a job washing all of that out!

    My favorite is the dad with the baby. The dad’s all coated and the baby is barely touched and snoozing. I love the contrasts.

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh that baby was so cute and wearing a pristine white onesie, while her dad was completely covered in colour. I love those teeny tiny dots on her forehead. πŸ™‚

  24. abraalani says:

    These are wonderful!! You did such a great job of capturing the happy day.
    How did your camera look after all this? Was it also sporting a new ‘do’? πŸ™‚

    • ailsapm says:

      Somehow, my camera managed to get away with just a few stray spots of colour which wiped off with some tissues, Whew. I was a bit worried flying powder might get into places it shouldn’t be and affect the sensor, but my camera never showed any sign of trouble, thankfully, and is still going strong. I had a few close shaves though, where I used myself as a shield for my camera, which would account for the insane amount of colour I ended up being coated with. My friends were howling with laughter because every time I circled back around to them, I would be splattered with entirely different colours than the last time they’d seen me. πŸ™‚

  25. kelihasablog says:

    what beautiful pictures!! The expressions on their faces are amazing and priceless. πŸ˜€

  26. LB says:

    Fabulous – colors, energy, photography! I need to find one of these festivals!!

  27. Wonderful photos! All that color on those adorable faces – awesome! And incidentally, I love your new backpack πŸ™‚

  28. Pamela says:

    Adorable poppets!

  29. Wow! Talk about colorful and STUNNING photos Ailsa! These are print-worthy photos for everyone to see!

  30. How colourful! Thanks for sharing!

  31. Valentina says:

    I have seen this festival at a park near my house and had no idea what was all about, then I researched and learned. I think it’s a great idea to celebrate spring with colors.

  32. shimmyshark says:

    What great photos. I have a lot to learn. You seem like a good source off inspiration. Thanks.
    On my Way…

  33. Ella says:

    Awesome pictures!

  34. truly amazing pixs that capture the true and myriad sides of Holi..

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