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Stars come out, or stay in, for Holi

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Celebrating the festival of colours, B-town celebs including Akshay Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Kangana Ranaut, Anupam Kher, among others, extended wishes to fans and urged them to enjoy a safe Holi amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But..before that, check out this talent. Not acting, but pure photographic.. View this post on Instagram A post shared by MANISH DEO | INDIA (@deomanish) Big B took to his Instagram handle and shared an unseen throwback photo, in which a younger him and Jaya Bachchan can be seen celebrating Holi with ‘baby’ Abhishek Bachchan. He captioned the post as, “Rang barse bheege chunar wali rang barse ..HOLI HAI.” Kangana, who is currently shooting for her next movie ‘Tejas’ in Jaisalmer, shared a snap on her Instagram in which she posed for a happy picture along with the film’s team. In the caption she wrote, “Holi …

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Panguni Uthiram – the little big festival that ties together important Hindu stories

Rarely is there an auspicious day that connects multiple beliefs across the Hindu faith across so many diverse devotees and regions as Panguni Uthiram. Its a holiday mostly celebrated in the South of India (Tamil Nadu) but its themes touch on nearly all the core belief systems and major deities. Panguni Uthiram Known in Tamil as பங்குனி உத்திரம், it is a full moon dated which signifies the marriage of Parvati and Parameswara (Lord Shiva), Lord Murugan and Deivanai, and Aandaal (Kothai) and Rangamannar. On Panguni Uthiram, Narayana marries Komalavalli Naachiyar (Lakshmi). The day is intended to underline the glory of grahasta dharma (or the married life of a householder – one of the stages of Life a Hindu goes through). The almighty manifests in the marital state as Uma-Maheswara, Sita-Rama, and Radha-Krishna and is celebrated by devotees. On Panguni Uthiram, …

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Holi: why we do it and how to celebrate it – 2021 style

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The arrival of Spring in India, means one thing: Holi! A festival of colour, joy, love and most importantly the triumph of good over evil. Hindus in the diaspora, including South Africa, will celebrate the joyful occasion on March 28 and 29. This year, however, it comes as most countries have social distancing and lockdown measures in place. So while it might be a bit of a muted affair publicly, we can still celebrate it with equal vigour and joy within in our homes. Holika Dahan is observed the day before Holi around a bonfire. In most cases, devotees offer flowers, fruit coconut, milk and water around the fire. This fire is symbolic of the flaming pyre that Holika. She was the evil-minded sister of King Hiranyakashyap sat in to harm the son of the king, Prahlad for not singing …

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How to make safe, homemade natural colours for Holi

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Instead of buying artificial colours from nearby markets, you can opt for natural, chemical-free and safe Holi colours made at home. Here are the steps to create your own eco-friendly homemade Holi colours: 1. Yellow: To create your own homemade yellow colour, take turmeric powder in a bowl and mix it with double of its quantity’s gram flour (besan), wheat flour, or crushed multani mitti (fuller’s earth). For bringing fragrance to your colour, you can add talcum powder to create the mixture. 2. Red/Magenta: Take a beetroot and grate it. Now squeeze the coloured juice from the grated beetroot. In a bowl take a good quantity of talcum powder or cornflour. Now start mixing the juice to the powder slowly and rub the mixture with your hand, in order to create a hard mixture. On a plane plastic wrap, take …

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