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Holi Hungama: Colour me RED!

Last updated on: March 17, 2014 19:10 IST

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Colours ruled the streets on Monday as people of all ages with faces and clothes smeared in myriad of hues celebrated Holi, a harvest festival which marks the onset of spring season

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Image: Tourists enjoy the spirit of Holi in Mumbai
Photographs: Sahil Salvi

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From youngsters and the elderly to the widows of Vrindavan, the 'gulal' spared none as revellers danced to the accompaniment of drums. People exchanged sweets as a mark of bonhomie.

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Image: A girl smeared with colours reacts as another girl throws coloured powder at her during Holi celebrations in Chennai.
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The festival is celebrated to commemorate the Hindu mythological tale of Prahlada emerging unscathed from the flames despite being drawn into the fire by demoness Holika. The Hindu month of 'Phagun' ended on Sunday with 'Holika Dahan' and 'Chaita' starting on Monday.

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Image: A girl reacts as other girls apply coloured paint on her face during Holi celebrations in Chennai.
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A relatively warm day paved way for a perfect Holi, as coloured water drenched people inside and outside homes, bidding adieu to winter.

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Image: A boy sits under a water tap to wash himself after taking part in Holi celebrations in Chennai.
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President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have greeted people on the occasion of Holi, saying the festival provided an opportunity to strengthen the bonds of unity and friendship.

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Image: A boy smeared with colours is dragged through coloured water during Holi celebrations in Chennai.
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The prime minister on Sunday celebrated the festival with his staff for the first time during his tenure in Unite Progressive Alliance-II. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi joined the celebrations at her residence.

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Image: A man reacts to coloured water being splashed over him during Holi celebrations in the Chennai.
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Tight security arrangements were also put in place and hospitals made arrangements to deal with any extra rush of people.

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Image: People painted with bright colors dance during Holi in Fancy Bazar, the main commercial centre in Guwahati, on Monday.


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In Rajasthan, the festival was celebrated peacefully and no untoward incident took place. Pink city Jaipur erupted in a rainbow of colours as enthusiastic revellers thronged streets.

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Image: Boys throw coloured powder at another boy standing on a pole as they take part in Holi celebrations in Chennai.
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Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje joined the festivities with her family members in Delhi. In Patna, political bigwigs including Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Party president Lalu Prasad kept away from the celebrations.

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Image: People painted with bright colors dance during the festival of Holi in Fancy Bazar, the main commercial centre in Guwahati, on Monday.


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Their official residences at 1, Anne Marg and 10, Circular Road, respectively wore a deserted look. In the national capital, police personnel were deployed across the city. The police had issued warning against hooliganism in the guise of revelry.

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Image: People daubed in colours dance as they celebrate Holi in Guwahati.
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Commuters faced inconvenience in the morning as a handful of buses plied and Metro service resumed only after 2 pm. 


Image: A girl sits on her father's shoulders cheers as she and others daubed in colours dance while celebrating Holi in Guwahati.
Photographs: Utpal Baruah/Reuters

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A boy sits in a plastic container filled with coloured water during Holi celebrations in Chennai.


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A tourist enjoys the spirit of Holi in Mumbai.


Photographs: Sahil Salvi
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Young revellers put colour on a tourist in Mumbai.


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Tourists proudly pose with their colour-splashed faces in Mumbai. 


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