Holi got its name as the “Festival of Colours” from a legend in which the Hindu god, Krishna teasingly smeared colour over goddess Radha’s face in jealousy of her fair complexion. Today, the throwing of colour symbolises affection in honour of Krishna and Radha’s love.
India Celebrates Holi: Festival Marks The Beginning Of Spring
An Indian child, face smeared with colored powder, celebrates Holi festival in Mumbai, India,
Photo 1/Top) AP Photo / Rajanish Kakade
Photo 2/Bottom) AP Photo / Manish Swarup
Indian villagers from Nandgaon wait for the arrival of villagers from Barsana to play Lathmar Holi at the Nandagram temple famous for Lord Krishna and his brother Balram, in Nandgaon 120 kilometers ( 75 miles) from New Delhi, India, Friday, March 22, 2013. During Lathmar Holi the women of Nandgaon, the hometown of Krishna, beat the men from Barsana, the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their teasing as they depart the town.
Ancient Egyptian Pigments Gets a Second Chance to Shine
February 22, 2013
Feast your eyes on ancient Egyptian art, and chances are you’ll be dazzled by its bright blue accents. Historians believe Egyptians got hooked on the color when they used lapis lazuli, a semiprecious stone from Afghanistan, to tint everything from frescoes to their eyelids. Since lapis was hard to come by, they sought artificial means of creating a bright blue hue and discovered calcium copper silicate, made by mixing and heating limestone, sand and copper. Later dubbed Egyptian blue, the vibrant chemical compound was manufactured in powder form at specialized factories where raw materials and ceramic vessels have since been unearthed.
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