India celebrate Holi with full fervour

New Delhi, Agencies | Updated : 06 March 2015, 06:23 PM

Holi celebrated with traditional fervour in Pink City

Holi was celebrated with traditional fervour in the Pink city with enthusiastic revellers and people thronging the streets.

People who took to the streets danced to the tune of drum beats and splashed each other with colour.

Wearing clothes dyed in hues, people visited friends and relatives to exchanged greetings and smeared ‘gulal’ on each other’s faces.

Children played with colours and some of them also had a splash of coloured water with ‘pichkaris’.

Foreigners also celebrated the festival at Khasakothi Hotel where special arrangements were made for them by the department of tourism, according to an official of tourism department.

So far, no untoward incident has taken place in the city, police said.

Police personnel have been deployed all over the city including sensitive areas to maintain law and order situation.

People throng streets to celebrate Holi in Punjab, Haryana

Holi was celebrated with gaiety and fervour in Punjab, Haryana and their common capital Chandigarh today as revellers took to streets armed with sprinklers since morning.

Colours of all hues, the smell of’gulal’ and joyous spirit pervaded the streets  as people celebrated Holi with traditional fanfare and gaiety.

Revellers exchanged greetings with each other to celebrate the festival.

People visited friends and relatives, gifted ‘gujia’ (a traditional sweet) besides smearing ‘gulal’ (colour powder) on each other’s faces.

‘Holi Hai’ rent the air as groups of revellers zoomed the streets on motorbikes while youngsters danced to popular numbers and children armed with ‘pichkaris’ chased each other and hurled water-filled balloons on people from rooftops.

Police personnel were deployed across the twin states and Chandigarh to keep a watch on anti-social elements.

No major untoward incident was so far reported from Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, officials said.

Dhol beats, drones mark first Holi in Telangana

Dhol beats, impromptu dancing and the presence of an overhead drone camera marked Holi celebrations for the first time in the new southern state of Telangana on Friday.

Splashed in assorted colour and water, people from all walks of life gathered on maidans in Hyderabad to observe the festival of colours with joy, fervour and enthusiasm.

Some attempted to form human pyramids. Some waved at the drone camera hovering above.

One of the revellers expressed happiness to be the part of first Holi celebrations after Telangana became a state.

"Happy Holi to all viewers. Happy to be a part of first Holi in Telangana," said a resident of Hyderabad.

In Kanpur, devotees gathered at the Anandeshwar Temple in huge numbers to celebrate the auspicious festival.

"This is the 22nd year of Holi celebrations here, there used to be only four to five people when we began. Now, you can see the enthusiasm among the people, Nowhere in the country is the festival celebrated the way it is celebrated here," said a devotee.

Delhiites celebrate holi with gusto

The festival of colours was celebrated with traditional zeal and zest as people smeared ‘gulal’, splashed colour baloons on each other and exchanged sweets as a mark of bonhomie.

As arterial roads wore a deserted look, public places, housing colonies and special venues witnessed a riot of colours with both young and old taking part in the revelry.

Smell of ‘gulal’ and joyous spirit pervaded the national capital since daybreak. Groups of young men and women took to streets to celebrate the spring festival with their neighbours and friends.

People also visited friends and relatives, gifted ‘gujia’ (a traditional sweet), besides smearing gulal on each other’s faces.

Several five-star hotels, clubs and restaurants in the city also lured patrons as they organised rain dance parties and with holi snacks and buffets, attracting big crowds.

Children enjoyed the day most as they sprayed coloured water using water guns and hurled water-filled balloons on people from their rooftops.

Delhi Police made elaborate arrangements to ensure a safe and joyous Holi. Police personnel were deployed across the city. Police had issued warning against hooliganism in the guise of revelry.

Over 200 special checking teams of traffic police along with PCR vans and local police were deployed this time to check incidents of drink and drive, speeding and reckless driving. Special teams with alcometers and 20 interceptors were also be deployed at major intersections to detect and prosecute violators.

Police had also positioned men armed with cameras who video graphed offenders so that if they cannot be prosecuted on the spot due to rush, challans can be sent at home.

City hospitals, including AIIMS, made elaborate arrangements to deal with any extra rush of people.

Commuters faced inconveniences in the first half of the day as public transport facilities, including buses and Metro Rail, were shut till late afternoon. 

First Published: Friday, March 06, 2015 05:07 PM
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