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Color powders in market - India

Those color powders are used to make kolams (drawings) in front of the houses everywhere in India and fir Holi.

Holi is a religious spring festival, also known as Phagwah or Festival of Colours or Doḷajāta in Orissa or Dol Jatra or Basantotsav in West Bengal, celebrated by Hindus; the celebration takes place on the day after the full moon in early March in order to glorify good harvest and fertility of the land; Holi festival seems to have started several centuries before Christ; Holi is restless moment, full of colours, rituals and joyful celebrations; people are draped in white and walk down the streets smearing each other with bright hued powders and squirt coloured water on one another with pichkaris (big syringe-like hand-pumps); during Holi, practices, which at other times could be offensive, are allowed, squirting coloured water on passers-by, dunking friends in mud pool amid, consuming bhang (preparation of cannabis but religious offering during Shiva festivals); as Indian says at this period “don't mind, it's Holi"; all differences of castes, colours, race, sex, or social status are temporarily relegated to the background; there is exchange of greetings, the elders distribute sweets and money, and all join in frenzied dance to the rhythm of the drums; there are at least three legends that are directly associated with the festival of colours, the Holika-Hiranyakashipu-Prahlad episode, Lord Shiva's killing of Kamadeva, and the story of the ogress Dhundhi


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Taken on February 25, 2008