Happy Holi 2017: Alia Bhatt, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Karan Johar...wish fans

Dishya Sharma
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Wishing you a colourful and happy Holi!

Falling on March 13 (Monday) this year, the Monday blues have turned into pinks with people celebrating the festival of colour.

With a long weekend holiday in North India, the celebrations for many began on Sunday. Marking the beginning of the festival with Holika or Chhoti Holi, streets across the country were coloured in different shades. 

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Holi, which is celebrated by applying colour on each other, eating delicious food and enjoying the day with your loved ones, marks the victory of good over evil.

A day before Holi, people celebrate Holika Dahan. According to Hindu mythology, Holi derives from the word Holika, the evil sister of a demon king called Hiranyakashyap.

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The festival is predominantly celebrated by north Indians. Holi celebrations in different parts of India are famous. The most popular ones are the Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandgaon and Barsana. The Lathmar Holi is also a popular tradition in India.

Many people opt to organize house parties where they make traditional Holi food including thandai, a special drink made on the day of Holi. With Holi colours (gulal) and water guns (pichkaaris) held in hands, people attempt to make the celebrations better and more memorable than the previous year.

Joining in on the celebrations, many celebrities including Badrinath Ki Dulhania (Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya) stars Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, their mentor Karan Johar, Jolly LLB actor Akshay Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Baywatch actress Priyanka Chopra and many others sent out Holi wishes and messages on social media platforms:

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Alia Bhatt:

Varun Dhawan:

Akshay Kumar:

Mahira Khan:

Amitabh Bachchan:

Priyanka Chopra:

Karan Johar:

Anushka Sharma:

Neetu Singh:

Ajay Devgn:

Sonam Kapoor:

Irrfan Khan:

Rishi Kapoor:

Madhuri Dixit-Nene:

Shraddha Kapoor:

Dhanush:

Farhan Akhtar:

Aanand L Rai:

Gauahar Khan:

Nawazuddin Siddiqui:

Juhi Chawla:

R Madhavan:

Riteish Deshmukh:

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