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of Holi is celebrated in the month of Phagun (early March). It announces the
onset of spring after the end of winter. According to one popular legend,
the festival of Holi is celebrated to mark the burning of the evil demon ‘Holika’
and signifies the triumph of good over evil. This lively festival is also
associated with the eternal love of Radha-Krishna, and hence, ‘Kama’ or the
‘God of Love’, is revered during the festival in several parts of the
country. Apart from the usual fun with coloured powder (‘gulal’)
and water, Holi is marked by vibrant processions that are accompanied by
folk songs, dances and a general sense of abandoned vitality, amidst
uninhibited consumption of Marijuana-based drinks like ‘bhang’ and ‘thandai’.
In rural Maharashtra the festival is known as ‘Rangapanchami’ while in West
Bengal it is celebrated as ‘Dolyatra’ or ‘Basant Utsav’.