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IT’S ALL COLORS AS THE CITY DELVES INTO HOLI CELEBRATIONS

holi-celebration-2Colors, flowers, drums, bonfires and sweets – the city celebrate Holi, the festival of colors in style. We captured the colorful action from round the city for a special report. Wish you a very happy holi. People were out in a daylong burst of revelry, playing with colors, dancing, feasting and following it up with family get-togethers and prayers for celebrating one of the nation’s most popular festival – Holi. The day before the festival saw them light huge bonfires to signify the triumph of good over evil. The festival is also associated with harvest, fertility and lores of Lord Krishna, Hinduism’s most popular god, his consort Radha and the harvest season. The thrust of the festival this year is on “tradition.” The spirit of Holi, say historians, is essentially colors. Scriptures say Lord Krishna played Holi with colours made from ‘tesoo’ flowers. There is an element of mischief to it and freedom that allows the devotee to flow along with the joyous spirit of spring. The festival was celebrated at its colorful best in the city as well especially the koli community who celebrated the festival in absolute traditional style. The Kolis decorated their boats with garlands & flags, offered prayers to the boat & celebrated the festival by colouring each other with gulals. Special celebrations are held at night, when the Koli brothers sing, dance & ignite the Holi by offering prayers to it. Even the female members of the community enjoy the occasion by making various delicious dishes & dancing on Marathi Koli songs. NMTV wishes all its viewers festive greetings.

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