Indian widows defy taboo to celebrate Holi

Thousands of widowed women celebrated the spring festival of Holi in north India.

In joyously celebrating the festival of Holi, the Indian widows “violated a 400-year-old Hindu tradition… [which] demands that women renounce earthly pleasures after the death of their husbands and live out their days in worship. These women often are ostracised by the society and considered cursed.”

It’s not the first time they’ve broken tradition by celebrating, but it is nonetheless worth recognizing.