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State revels in riot of colours

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GUWAHATI, March 13 - Holi, the festival of colours that also marks the arrival of Spring, was celebrated across the State with joy and merriment in the last two days.

In Barpeta, famous for its Doulutsav, people will observe the festival tomorrow.

Thousands of people thronged temples to offer prayers on the occasion. Devotees in large numbers visited the revered Doul Gobinda shrine in North Guwahati, where elaborate arrangements were made by the temple committee.

Celebrations began on Sunday, the first day of Holi, also known as Chhoti Holi or Holika Dahan.

People, mostly those from the North Indian communities, burnt the traditional Holika bonfire last night to celebrate the victory of good over evil.

Holi is celebrated on the day of Purnima, the full moon, in the month of Falgun for two consecutive days. However, in many places the festival is celebrated for several days.

While vehicular traffic was thin on the roads, groups of revellers were spotted at many places celebrating the festival. Children remained playfully busy with the Holi paraphernalia like water guns, masks, etc, in and around residential campuses.

Community celebrations, which were marked by performances of traditional Holi songs, were also held in many localities.

At some places, people formed human pyramids and broke a pot full of buttermilk or curd hung up at a height.

The Government of Assam declared holiday on Monday throughout the State for Dol Yatra. On account of the holiday, all Central Government offices, educational and financial institutions within the State remained closed today.

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State revels in riot of colours

GUWAHATI, March 13 - Holi, the festival of colours that also marks the arrival of Spring, was celebrated across the State with joy and merriment in the last two days.

In Barpeta, famous for its Doulutsav, people will observe the festival tomorrow.

Thousands of people thronged temples to offer prayers on the occasion. Devotees in large numbers visited the revered Doul Gobinda shrine in North Guwahati, where elaborate arrangements were made by the temple committee.

Celebrations began on Sunday, the first day of Holi, also known as Chhoti Holi or Holika Dahan.

People, mostly those from the North Indian communities, burnt the traditional Holika bonfire last night to celebrate the victory of good over evil.

Holi is celebrated on the day of Purnima, the full moon, in the month of Falgun for two consecutive days. However, in many places the festival is celebrated for several days.

While vehicular traffic was thin on the roads, groups of revellers were spotted at many places celebrating the festival. Children remained playfully busy with the Holi paraphernalia like water guns, masks, etc, in and around residential campuses.

Community celebrations, which were marked by performances of traditional Holi songs, were also held in many localities.

At some places, people formed human pyramids and broke a pot full of buttermilk or curd hung up at a height.

The Government of Assam declared holiday on Monday throughout the State for Dol Yatra. On account of the holiday, all Central Government offices, educational and financial institutions within the State remained closed today.