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Myriad colors of the blossoming flowers coupled with the tender green leaves, the melodious chirping of the birds, and an aura of romance and merriment marks the advent of the season of spring or Vasant. Holi enhances the romance of this season with its splurge of colors.Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'.
The festival of Holi, originates from the mythical world of Krishna and Radha, Prahlad, Holika, Kamadeva and Rati.
Colors and 'gulal' are showered on the people dressed up in white clothes and the whole community seems to merge into one big fraternity under the guise of colors, without any distinction of caste, creed, color or sex. Children with 'pichkaris' (big syringes to squirt colored water) and faces smeared with color look adorable. People exchange good wishes, sweets and gifts. Holi parties are organized in the grounds where people dance to the rhythmic beats of the drums and sing Holi songs. Light snacks and milk-based cool drink known as 'Thandai' are often served in these parties that may be intoxicated with 'bhaang'. Also known as 'Phagwah', Holi is celebrated with colors to welcome the Spring season.
Celebrated in the month of Phalgun according to the Hindu calendar, 'Holi' is the thanksgiving festival of India, where people offer 'hola' or prayer to the Almighty for good harvest and a bountiful season. Holi has a theme of universal brotherhood and the holy bonfires that are burnt on the previous night remind us of the value of true faith and devotion in God. The romantic teasing of young hearts remind us of the love pranks of Radha and Krishna. Holi is one of the most boisterous festivals celebrated with full of zeal and enthusiasm.
Colours will fill the atmosphere as people throw abeer and gulal in the air showing great joy and mirth in the arrival of this Spring Festival. Holi marks the end of the winter and rejoices in the bloom of the spring time.
Days before Holi, the markets get flooded with the colours of every hues. This aptly sets the mood of the people till the actual day of Holi. It is such a colourful and joyous sight to watch huge piles of bright red, magenta, pink, green and blue every where on the streets. These days it is easy to buy colours from the market but still some people do take up the task of making colours at home, usually from flowers of tesu and palash. These home made colours, have a special fragrance of love in them.
The other option is to buy gulal which comes in bright shades of pink, magenta, red, yellow and green. 'Abeer' is made of small crystals or paper like chips of mica. This is mixed with the gulal for a rich shine. Mischievous ones, however, go for silver and gold paints on which no colour could be applied.