On Chhoti Holi, people light up a bonfire in the evening and gather around it. The fire is meant to signify the destruction of evil - the burning of Holika - a Hindu mythological character and the triumph of good as symbolised by Prahlad. Some suggest the fire also depicts that winter is now over and is symbolic of the hot, summer days ahead.
On Holi or Dhulandi, people apply gulal on each other. While many choose to use dry, herbal, powdered colour to play Holi, others use water guns (traditionally known as pichkaris) or throw balloons filled with water at each other and, sometimes, even unsuspecting strangers. Gujiyas, native to Rajasthan, are a festive favourite for all foodies. Thandai, an almond-flavoured concoction with a natural cooling effect, is a staple drink during Holi.
However you chose to celebrate Holi this year, remember to be safe and respectful of others. Happy Holi!
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