While it is predominantly celebrated in India and Nepal, the festival, these days, is widely celebrated in other Asian and Western countries owing to the presence of Indian diaspora in these regions.
In the "Masaan Holi" celebrated in Varanasi (video above), revellers mix ashes retrieved from burning human corpses and the dry Holi colours called "gulaal" and smear it on one another other. While this festival definitely brings out joy in us and all the stars but you will be surprised to know that unlike Eid, Diwali or Christmas, Holi doesn't help Bollywood in generating revenue at the box office. In Ahmedabad, people found a new way to celebrate Holi.
Like most celebrations of the newfound spring (and the end of winter), Holi is a symbol for new beginnings, the blossoming of new loves and friendships and the repairing of broken relationships. Holi marks the arrival of Spring season in India. Wish you and your family a very Happy Holika Dahan.
"The beauty of nature makes this festival colourful".
In a tweet, Mr Modi expressed hope that the festival of joy will deepen the colour of unity and harmony. Wishing you a blessed Holi!
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Shah Rukh Khan took advantage of his Twitter page to wish Happy Holi to his fans. May God shower his blessings on you on the auspicious occasion of Holi.
"You can not put a cap on anything", said India captain Virat Kohli, insisting that no instructions have been issued to Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises with regards to workload management of World Cup bound players.
According to Ashutosh, the festival brings people close to each other and helps them to cheer up.
Holi is considered as one of the most revered and celebrated festivals in Hinduism.