Happy Holi, happy new you!
“Happy Holi, madam!” the hotel owner shouted when I came downstairs for breakfast. The usually shy and polite gentleman then ran up to me and and swiftly smeared some red powder on my forehead. Oh dear. Within a few hours, I was covered in all the colours of the rainbow and hadn’t laughed so much in years. As I washed off the stubborn dyes at the end of the day in the Ganges river (this was up North in Rishikesh, where the water still runs clean and clear) the sun started setting and painted the sky with the most stunning hues of pink, orange and red. I felt reborn.
Holi is a Hindu festival that celebrates a new year and the beginning of spring. It’s been described as a ‘free-for-all carnival of colours’, where the entire population plays, chases and colours each other with powder dye and water. It gets pretty intense, with people using huge water guns and throwing water balloons from buildings, but it’s all in good spirit, and it really brings people together.
To many Hindus, Holi represents a new start; a chance to end conflicts, a day for forgiving and forgetting. What I realized that day on the banks of the Ganges, is that in order to make a new start, you must first forgive yourself. In other words: we all need to give ourselves a break sometimes. So even if you don’t got head out today with an enormous watergun and bags of dye, I wish you a very happy Holi and a fabulous ‘new year’! May it be a colourful one..
Check out the marlies|dekkers swimwear collection of this season inspired by this colourful festival!
REFLECTIONS FROM YOUR MIRROR
FOR THE WOMEN OF THE WORLD
Between king and QUEEN
Who is Tasya van Ree? The mysterious girl in the big black hat has been fascinating art connoisseurs and fashion lovers alike since she burst onto the scene with her stunning black-and-white photographs of celebrities like Michelle Rodriguez and (one-time lover) Amber Heard. I asked the Hawaiian-born visual artist of Dutch-Japanese ancestry (41) about her art and soul. “Between both King and Queen is where I exist.”
Sara Mearns (31) is New York City Ballet’s boldest ballerina. A passionate, intense dancer, she started dancing at 3 and starred in Swan Lake when she was only 19. But instead of resting on her laurels, Sara has kept challenging herself with daring projects, from a collaboration with hip-hop dancers to a leading role in a Broadway show. I talked with the fierce Swan Queen about sacrifices, body confidence, and how to turn pain into gain. “I’m not the typical skinny, tall, long-neck kind of ballerina.”
The art of love!
Get your creative juices flowing
This Valentine’s, don’t wait around for that love-note or those fancy chocolates to feel loved and desired. Express yourself to fall in love with yourself, now!