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Holi – The festival of Colors

India is known for being colorful and flamboyant in attire and lifestyle. It’s no wonder that festivals will be celebrated with the same fervor. The spring festival of Holi is celebrated with color mixed in water.holi gulaal

The word originated from “Holika” sister of Hiranyakashipu, the great demon king.His futile effort to burn his son Prahlad, a devotee of Lord Vishnu and eventual death of Hollika is celebrated as Holi.

In the town of Mathura, the festival is celebrated for 16 days.The festivital celebrates the season of love.

The elements of Holi are Rang (color) Gulaal, pichkari and bhang.Bollywood films have exploited these elements to the maximum in many song sequences.

Color mixed in water is filled into pichkari and sprayed catching the opposite person unawares. Gulaal is applied directly on the face and it is very difficult to get rid of the color. Gulaal is often rubbed into the face and hair, all in a playful spirit.

After all the revelry, the celebrations reaches the peak with Bhang made from the leaves and flowers buds of the cannabis plant. It is consumed as a beverage, accompanied by dancing and singing.

Each family member participates in the festival. The festival unites family members who meet for a sumptuous dinner. Indian Eagle offers Lowest Airfares to the Land of Colors- India.

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This entry was posted on March 18, 2013 by in Festivals.

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