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From: 2014.03.08 To: 2014.03.09
Holi, the joyous Hindu spring festival also known as the festival of colors, is best attended in shabby old clothes. In celebration of harvest and fertility, people smear each other with gulal (bright hued powders) and pour colored water on anyone within range – watch out, it’s one big messy affair! It is also one of the rare occasions where the distinctions of caste, age and gender are abandoned, as no one is exempt from the paint-filled mayhem. On the eve of the festival, huge bonfires are lit, symbolizing the burning of the mythological demoness Holika and celebrating the victory of good over evil. Holi is celebrated all over India but for a special treat, make your way to Varanasi and see the infamous Lathmaar Holi celebrations, in context of which local women chase the men from nearby Nandgao with sticks!