Breaking the shackles of tradition, around 800 widows played Holi with gulal and flowers in the land of Lord Krishna, Vrindavan in four-day Holi celebrations that began on March 24.
Women throw flowers into the air during a Holi celebration at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in Vrindavan. (Reuters)
As part of Holi celebrations, traditional Raas-Leela dance and other programmes have also been organised.
A Widow walks as others throw flowers during Holi celebrations. (AP)
Vrindavan Holi is an effort to free widows from the shackles of age-old tradition. Not only will the widows play Holi, they will also participate in cultural programmes.
Widows pray during Holi celebrations at an event organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan. (AP)
The widows feel such celebrations would prove to be an unprecedented step towards ending social prejudice against them. The event this year may need some amount of change in the mindset of the society.
A boy covered in coloured powder poses for pictures with a group of women during Holi celebration. (Reuters)
However, the 'breaking' of traditions by widows in Vrindavan has drawn criticism from a section of religious leaders who believe that it is an 'infringement of our ancient culture'.
Widows throw flowers and gulalduring Holi celebrations. (AP)
In the past, widows living in the ashrams could have played Holi only with Thakurji (Lord Krishna).
Widows raise their hands as they throw flowers into the air during a Holi celebration. (Reuters)
A veteran in the popular Ram Lila act, Shankar Lal Chaturvedi criticised the event, saying, 'The manner in which they smeared face of each other with gulal is not good.'
Widows throw flowers into the air during a holi celebration. (Reuters)