Holi is a festival of colours which falls in early summer. People gather and perform religious rituals in front of the bonfire and pray that their internal evil be destroyed.

The next morning is celebrated as Rangwali Holi (Dhuleti) – a free-for-all festival of colours, where people come together, splash colours with water on each other and have fun with water guns and water-filled balloons. Hindus prepare a special Maharashtrian dish known as puran poli (sweet chapati), which is a sweet dish to be eaten with either ghee or kheer (a mixture of sweet rice and milk or vermicelli).

The festival of Holi is no longer restricted to a particular religion but is celebrated across India by people from all walks of life. It brings friends and families together and for a short time all the worries and stress from our everyday lives take a back seat.

Holi for me has always been a symbol of togetherness, happiness and fun. I wish each and every one of you a very ‘Happy Holi’, and may this festival make your lives always happy and colorful.

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