Holi: The vernal festival of Hindus
In the month of March, Holi, the festival of colors, is celebrated in several parts of India. The day begins with a bonfire, known as a 'Holika Dahan,' where people congregate to dance and enjoy themselves the night before. The day begins with colors, as people enjoy Holi by throwing dry color powder and color water on each other. The color war takes place on the streets, in parks, in residences, and virtually anywhere else. People get together with their families and enjoy wonderful food, sweets, and Holi-themed items.
I always enjoy photographing events such as these. Holi holds a special place in my heart as it is a festival of colors. Ignoring the fact that the event is held in several locations throughout Chennai, it is more unique and rich in Sowcarpet. High Rise apartments and straight alleys were traditionally popular spots for Holi celebrations. Holi is celebrated without consideration of age, gender, or religion. When you walk into Sowcarpet, you'll notice people with bright smiles on their colorful faces.
People in India should be proud of the variety and flavors of festivals that bring people together and do not discriminate against celebrations. Let the sole aim of festivals go on because Indians, despite their diversity, are one flock under the same tree!
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