The festival of colours is upon us. According to Hindu mythology, Holi symbolizes the victory of good and the end of evil. Celebrated with 'rang and bhang', there is a hint of craziness in the air around which all is forgiven and new friends are made.
We love to keep our smartphones at home for once, get out into the streets with packs of colourful power (herbal, hopefully) in our pockets, and paint each others' faces with different shades.
It seems as if the fondness for the festival has grown beyond Indian borders as international cricketers have been found to be enjoying looking like a rainbow, plastered with vibrant Holi colours.
In 2017, former Australian cricketers-turned-commentators Brett Lee and Mathew Hayden were visiting India for a Test series between the two top teams of the game at that time when Hayden tweeted this photo of him and his former teammate, completely drenched and dipped in colours.March 13, 2017
Righty batsman, Michael Clarke too was in the country back then and had decided to spend the day with some of the local families. Dressed in the perfect costume for the occasion, Clarke posed for this shot in a white kurta.
Happy holi!! Enjoying celebrating with some local families. ðð»ð pic.twitter.com/qlYS83pnb9— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) March 13, 2017
Windies wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin also seems to be a big fan of the festival. He decided to show his affection for the tradition in a mild manner with his family.
Playing holi today with the family pic.twitter.com/H6GPAa6cah— Denesh Ramdin (@shotta8080) March 13, 2017
Aussie allrounder Glenn Maxwell was also unable to control his temptation and joined in on the celebration with his Kings XI Punjab teammates during the 2016 Holi at his hotel. Turns out Maxwell is also a seasoned 'Bhangra' dancer.March 24, 2016
Holi seemed to be really popular amongst the Kiwis as well, all the way back in 2011 when the entire New Zealand roster threw the festive colours at each other in the stands during a practice session.