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Holi is a religious festival celebrated by Hindus every year, on the day after the full moon in early March. Whether you’re in India or United States, Sri Lanka or United Kingdom, you will always find cheerful people to celebrate Holi.  During the main day, Holi is celebrated by people throwing colored powder and colored water at each other. It represents the rebirth of nature, a spiritual celebration of spring with its remarkable perfumes and good mood. Hindus believe that during the weather changes, people are more exposed to viral fever or cold, and a specific idea for this festival was to use medical herbs in their process of color extraction. The most amazing part is that everyone is welcomed to embrace with happiness the spirit of life, to see through colors the hope and the joy of communion.

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The most celebrated Holi is that of the Braj region in India, in locations connected to the god Krishna. These places have become tourist destinations during the festive season of Holi, which lasts here to up to sixteen days.  There are slight differences in the ways these places celebrate Holi, with amorous songs, devotional and religious fervor and sprinkled colors which present a delightful scene. In Phalen for example, a huge bonfire is lit on the full moon night to commemorate the victory of good over evil and the Prahlad-Holika episode is re-enacted. You can find more information about Holi by visiting this webpage here.

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Photos by Poras Chaudhary

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