Brightly coloured powder for sale during Holi
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A festival of colours
Hindus in India and around the globe are celebrating Holi today, a spring celebration also called the festival of love, or the festival of colours. Why colours? Because these colourful powders are flung in joyous revelry to welcome spring and celebrate the blossoming of love. It is a time to forget old grievances and hope for a bountiful spring harvest season.