Burrabazar: Every year millions of people in India, Nepal, and around the world celebrate the Hindu festival of Holi under clouds of techni colored powder.
The raucous Festival of Colors — a celebration of the vibrancy of spring, fertility, love and the triumph of good over evil — has inspired movies, music, and a plethora of whitewashed imitations. Here are some facts behind the ancient festival.
Holi, its got to be rang barse, in red, yellow, magenta and green. Kolkatans are fully ready to enjoy the most.
City traders who experimented with herbal holi colours last year were so enthused that they doubled the orders this year. Almost the entire stock has been sold out a week before the festival.
A buisness man, Swapan Monday says, “Nearly 90 per cent of my stock has already been sold and I have placed fresh orders to meet the demand.” The city stocks up on Holi artillery, bolstered by the arrival of the latest in pichkari technology.
The masks, wigs, water guns and dunes of gulal (coloured powder) in myriad hues, kids are so busy to buy it. The Holi Bazaar had started a week ago and Tuesday saw the footfall almost doubling as the countdown to the festival started. Bengal will celebrate Dol Jatra on Thursday, a day before Holi.
Sweet shops along the Holi Bazaar reported a spurt in sales, the favourite of most customers being the traditional Holi special called dilkhushal. Unlike during Diwali, sweets are usually not gifted to relatives and employees on Holi. But it is a tradition in many communities to send sweets to in-laws.