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12:00 AM, March 21, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:30 AM, March 21, 2019

Holi today

Holi -- the festival of colour -- will be celebrated across the country today with due religious fervour and enthusiasm. The festival signifies victory of good over evil and arrival of spring.

For many, it's a day to get together with families and friends, and mend relationships. The day is also celebrated to express gratitude for bountiful harvest.

Also known as Dol Purnima (full moon), the festivity will begin in the morning and continue till afternoon. It usually lasts for two days starting on Purnima.

As part of celebration, Hindus will visit shrines, temples and offer colours (abir) at the feet of idols of Sri Krishna and Sri Radhika.

In accordance with mythology, Dol Purnima, also known as Holi or Dol Jatra, is regarded as a festival of believers of Boishnobism. It has been introduced marking an auspicious day when Krishna, Radhika and their friends were playing with abir (a kind of perfumed and coloured powder) at Brindaban in the ancient days.

Abir khela, a significant part of the festival, means throwing abir on each other by revelers to make the extravaganza more vibrant.

“Songs in praise of Lord Krishna will begin from 7am tomorrow [today] at Dhakeshwari National Temple, followed by abir khela at 10am,” said Advocate Taposh Kumar Paul. It will continue till tomorrow.

Mahanagar Sarbajanin Puja Committee has organised special prayers and Kirton (devotional songs) in the morning.

Dhaka University campus will wear a festive look today as people, irrespective of religion, caste and creed, will celebrate the festival of colour.

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