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Indians celebrate festival of Holi

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 - 01:02

Thousands of Hindu pilgrims and tourists witness the celebrations of the colourful festival of Holi. Tara Cleary reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Drenched in flower petals and colorful powders, tourists and locals enjoy the festival of Holi in northern India. At the heart of the celebration is an ancient tradition in which men, carrying shields for protection, sing provocative songs to women, who attack the men with sticks, usually striking the shields. Legend has it that on this day, Lord Krishna visited his beloved's village and teased her and her friends. SOUNDBITE: Aditi Mishra, devotee, saying (Hindi): "I came here for the first time from Delhi. Nowhere in the world is Holi celebrated the way it is celebrated here. It's is a wonderful and unique experience, which makes this Holi very special." The annual event has become immensely popular and draws hundreds of devotees from across the country along with tourists who flock to northern towns for the celebration. Holi festivities can last for up to a week in northern India, but the official date for Holi this year is March 6th.

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Indians celebrate festival of Holi

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 - 01:02