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celebrates Holi in a unique manner
Jethmal Sharma, Sushil Parekh, Virendra Pathak
Mumbai/ Allahabad: It is festival time across India as people from all walks
of life are celebrating Holi, the festival of colours, with enthusiastic fervour.
Holi revellers in Rajasthan's Bikaner are enjoying the famous Dab Dhamaal Holi,
a unique manner of celebrating the festival of colours to the beats of the 'Dab'.
The festivities here commence with the men-folk dressed as women and performing
to the traditional Rajasthani folk songs. Artistes play various musical instruments
and sing folk songs to mark the onset of the festival. "We start celebrating Holi
from Basant Panchami (fifth day of spring season as per Hindu almanac) and we
sing traditional songs with the medium of 'dab'. Through these songs, we tell
people about the age old tradition and culture of Bikaner," said Satnarayan Parjapati,
a local. In Mumbai, members of Koli (fishermen) community celebrated the festival
a day before the actual day of Holi as per the Hindu calendar. Several generations
of the fishermen community of Worli in Mumbai have been celebrating the festival.
Traditionally, a tree is decorated with garland, flowers, fruits and food and
is then worshipped by the Koli women. Later, wood is lit to conclude the celebrations.
"We burn the Holi in the midnight. Women folk bring clay pot and put it in the
Holi. It's an age old tradition," said Mandkar Wadkar, a local resident. Even
foreign tourists joined the local revellers in the celebrations of Holi. "I think
it's fantastic. It's a brand new experience. I have never seen anything like this
before. I think it's brilliant," exclaimed Michael, a tourist from South Africa.
Although Holi is celebrated with colours across India, people in Allahabad celebrate
the festival in their unique manner. People take out a hammer procession in which
the hammer is adorned as a groom along with a fan as the bride. All the traditional
rituals of Hindu marriage are performed to wed this hammer and the fan. This procession
begins with the breaking of a pumpkin that is filled with colours, which is then
splashed over the revellers. Holi, a festival that holds a mythological importance,
that of the triumph of good over evil.