Flying high on a Holi-day

Many condominium units are not permanently occupied. These absentee landlords cannot be relied on to enforce strict adherence to terms of tenancy, compliance with local laws, peaceful occupation and good neighbourliness.

This young Nepali was certainly flying high yesterday as revellers in Kathmandu tossed him in the air amid the Holi celebrations.

The festival, which falls on the day after the full moon in early March every year, marks the arrival of spring.

It is also seen as a celebration of good triumphing over evil as Hindus remember how Prahlad, a devotee of god Vishnu, was protected from the fiery death that had been planned for him by a demon king.

The festivities usually start the night before Holi with a bonfire. The day itself is a carnival of colours, as people follow the tradition of throwing powdered dye and coloured water at each other.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 13, 2017, with the headline 'Flying high on a Holi-day'. Print Edition | Subscribe