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.
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.
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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Happy Holi all you beautiful people ❤️❤️❤️❤️✨ pic.twitter.com/faKVWXZmXo— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) March 13, 2017
T 2461 -" The quieter you become the more you can hear. "~— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 12, 2017
जितने ज़्यादा आप चुप रहेंगे , उतना ही ज़्यादा आप सुन पाएंगे ..
HAPPY HOLI pic.twitter.com/ExPOtZmZJO
Happy Holi from Japan! pic.twitter.com/L5IiwQtsag— Madhuri Dixit-Nene (@MadhuriDixit) March 13, 2017
Wish you all a very happy holi. May all your lives be as colourful as possible.— Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) March 13, 2017
Aanand L Rai:
Have a safe , responsible and happy holi!!!!!!✨— GAUAHAR KHAN (@GAUAHAR_KHAN) March 13, 2017
Lets spread the holi colours together with peace, joy and happiness.— Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@Nawazuddin_S) March 13, 2017
Happy Holi pic.twitter.com/Hsst1nHfgX
WISH YOU ALL THE VERY BEST HOLI YET.Spread the love.Forget the animosity. Hurt not. Play responsibly.respect the ladies.✅????☂️?????— Ranganathan Madhavan (@ActorMadhavan) March 13, 2017
Happiness comes in various colours.... Happy Holi ... Have a great one, safe one & most importantly a responsible one. pic.twitter.com/luFQgKv0rL— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) March 13, 2017