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Today with the advent of Spring the whole of India springs to life celebrating the festival of colour and love named 'Holi'.
The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair ruptured relationships. Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring's abundant colours and saying farewell to winter.

There is no tradition of holding puja (prayer), and the day is for partying and pure enjoyment. Children and youth groups form armed with dry colours, coloured solution, means to fill and spray others with coloured solution (pichkaris), balloons that can hold coloured water, and other creative means to colour their targets.
It is also the day to forgive and forget and generate harmony in the society. Intoxicating traditional drinks like 'bhaang' and various other sherbets contribute a lot to this forgiving and forgetting part :-)
It is my favourite festival out of the many Indian festivals simply because it embraces all.

Pictured above is a shop selling colours on Holi eve in Kolkata. In the WS photos you can see how the colours are used. I took a few selfies of me drenched in colour but sadly could not upload them due to TE regulations.
Wish you all a very Happy Holi!!

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