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Holi, a Hindu religious festival of colours, will be celebrated today across the country with due religious fervour and much enthusiasm.
The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships, and is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest.
The festival, also known as Dol Purnima (full moon day), will begin in the morning and continue till afternoon. It also usually lasts for two days starting on the Purnima in several parts of the country. As a ritual in celebration of the festival, the devotees visit the shrines, temples and offer colours (abir) at the feet of Idol of the God Sri Krishna and Goddess Sri Radhika.
Abir Khela, a significant part of the festival, means throwing of abir, a kind of perfumed and pink coloured powder and different other colorful powders by revelers on each other making festival-goers coated in colour to make the extravaganza enthusiastic.
"Religious songs in praise of lord Krishna will begin from 7am today at the Dhakeswari National Temple to mark the Holi festival followed by abir khela at 10am," Advocate Taposh Kummar Paul told BSS.

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