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Breaking A 400-Year-Old Tradition, Widows of Vrindavan Change The Way World Sees Holi

Breaking A 400-Year-Old Tradition, Widows of Vrindavan Change The Way World Sees Holi
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Holi is the Indian festival of colors and extravaganza, and this year's vibrant celebrations have been no different. Except for the fact that 1000 widows in the holy city of Vrindavan played Holi with bright colors, breaking all the social taboos. Widows in India are considered inauspicious and are generally not allowed to celebrate festivals, especially Holi. But this time, the sad faces and white sarees were covered with beaming smiles and bright colors. 

Check out these amazing photos and let them fill your heart with joy!           

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Rainbow colored colors and flower petals everywhere.

Rainbow colored colors and flower petals everywhere.

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Holi celebrations at the Gopinath temple, 112 miles south-east of New Delhi

Holi celebrations at the Gopinath temple, 112 miles south-east of New Delhi
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Indian widows are at times rejected by their families.

Indian widows are at times rejected by their families.
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They are forced to live in temples and worship their deities.

They are forced to live in temples and worship their deities.
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But this year, Indian widows played Holi, smearing each other in colors.

But this year, Indian widows played Holi, smearing each other in colors.
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Their joys knew no bounds.

Their joys knew no bounds.
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'I am so happy. I am playing Holi after 12 years. I am happy, very happy,' said Samaddar, a widow in her 30's.

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The celebrations took place in Lord Krishna's temple, the most playful of Hindu gods.

The celebrations took place in Lord Krishna's temple, the most playful of Hindu gods.
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This colorful event also broke the taboo of wearing colored sarees.

This colorful event also broke the taboo of wearing colored sarees.
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Though few old widows weren't comfortable breaking the social curse..

Though few old widows weren't comfortable breaking the social curse..
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They only applied dots on each other's foreheads as breaking the tradition was hard for them.

Water pistols and splashing of colors in the midst of loud music..

Water pistols and splashing of colors in the midst of loud music..
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