Happy Holi!

I’ve written previously about the festival of Holi (here and here) and what it all means.  Really, it’s a day of being as mischievous as you can, gather with friends and family, and generally have a ton of fun.

The following are a few photos from my SIRC friends …. sure looks like their celebrations of Holi lived up to it’s raucous reputation!

Dr Avsec (far left), one of SIRC’s doctors, having a blast with friends

Some of the SIRC staff who had to work today, with a few of the patients on the roof of the Spinal Centre

And some more staff and patients at the entrance to the Spinal Centre

Rishi (2nd right) with some friends in Jorpati earlier today

Sonika (left) with friends in Jorpati

Rishi with a few of the kids at the SCI Hostel in Jorpati

Sanjita with a few of her pals – I guess Prajwal was the cameraman??

A few more SIRC staff with friends celebrating in Jorpati

Holi celebrations in the village of Phoolbari, Angella to the far left with little Sanskriti surrounded by her grandparents on the right.  Photo credit Shree Krishna Dhital

Local kids from the Phoolbari village couldn’t miss out on the fun! Photo credit Shree Krishna Dhital

I love this shot of Rozina, Subash and their friend celebrating Holi in Colorado, USA.  I wonder what their neighbours thought?!

Rozina (r), Subash her husband (m) with a friend celebrating Holi rather boisterously in Colorado

The beautiful Sheetal (r) with her family, celebrating Holi in Hetauda, Narayani Zone in southern Nepal

And to show how really crazy it gets in Kathmandu, I picked this up from today’s Kathmandu Post!

Holi celebrations in Kathmandu earlier today. Photo credit: Kathmandu Post / NIMESH JANG RAI & SANJOG MANANDHAR

And lastly from the Himalayan Times who are also reporting ~200 youth were arrested for hooliganism earlier today in Kathmandu.

Holi celebration at Basnatapur Durbar Square earlier. Photo credit Himalayan Times

I bet the party is still going on!  Hope you had a good Holi, wherever you are!

About Kate Coffey

After 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In the past two years, my work in Nepal has expanded to the Bo M. Karlsson Foundation www.bomkarlsson.com and the Spinal Cord Injured Network Nepal. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in the north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2013-2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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4 Responses to Happy Holi!

  1. Happy Holi to you too Kate!

  2. Mick Canning says:

    Not always easy to tell where Holi celebrations end and hooliganism begins…

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