Remember when your mom used to tell you not to be too messy? Or when your teacher said to color only on the paper? Feel free to throw all those instructions out the window at the Holi Color Festival in India, taking place on March 17th. Holi is an ancient festival of India and the day (during which the actual play of colors takes place) is called Dhuleti.
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Nowhere is this event celebrated with as much excitement and enthusiasm as in Mathura, Vrindavan, Barsana and Nandgaon. People take extreme delight in spraying color water (buckets full) onto each other. Colors in bright shades of pink, magenta, red, yellow and green will fill the atmosphere as people throw abeer and gulal in the air showing great anticipation for the arrival of the Spring Festival.
But look beyond the eventful and fun-filled day and you will discover that there lies more significance to Holi than what meets the eye. There are many mythological legends that go along with this celebration and all of them hold the lesson that good is victorious over evil.
All these legends help the people to follow a good conduct in their lives and believe in the virtue of being truthful. Also, Holi marks the end of the winter gloom and rejoices in the bloom of the spring time. It is the best time and season to celebrate and people take every advantage of it.
Different states, cities and villages have all create their own unique styles of celebrating Holi but one of the most popular traditions has to be the breaking of the pot. Here a pot of buttermilk is hung high on the streets. Men form a huge human pyramid and one on the top breaks the pot with his head. All this while women keep singing Holi folk songs and throwing water.
After an eventful day, people visit family and greet friends to exchange some delicious sweets such as gujiya, mathri and malpuas. Drinks, specifically thadai, is also an intrinsic part of the Holi festivity.