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The festival of
Holi is celebrated on the day after the full moon in the month of Phagun (early
March). Holi 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’. Yet another legend holds that Holi marks the death of
the female demon ‘Putana’, who tried to kill the child Krishna by making it,
suckle her poisoned breasts. Thus, Holi 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 Holi it is celebrated as ‘Dolyatra’ or 'Basanta
Utsav'. In Bengal, the people do the 'Probhat-pheri' i.e. singing songs of Holi
based on Rabindranath Tagore.