HOLI FESTIVAL 2014
On 23rd March 2014, Malaysian celebrates Holi Festival at Shree Lakshmi Narayan Mandir temple in Kuala Lumpur. Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colors and the festival of love. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities. Holi celebrations start with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance. The next morning is a free-for-all carnival of colors, where everyone plays water fight, chases and colors each other with dry powder and colored water, with some carrying water guns and colored water-filled balloons for their. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. The frolic and fight with colors occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People move and visit family, friends and foes, first play with colours on each other, laugh and chit-chat, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks. Consuming bhang, made from canabis,milk and various spices, is a standard practice during Holi celebrations.
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