The multiple Holi parties across the city on Monday were a hit as hundreds of residents came together to celebrate with herbal colour, bhang, disc jockeys (DJs), artistes from different places, including Mathura, and delectable food.
Festivity scenes were in full swing as residents of all age groups poured into parks and grounds to smear each other with gulal. Children, armed with ‘loaded’ pichkaris, were seen running riot across residential areas with parents and the elderly trying to dodge the shots.
Some residents, however, celebrated the festival with a difference. Instead of throwing colours and spraying water on friends and relatives, they went to child care institutes, distributed Holi sweets and played with the children.
Across the new developing sectors of the city, the festival of colour brought together different communities who celebrated with gaiety and fervour. Residents, armed with sprinklers, took to the streets and were seen smearing colour on one another since morning.
“We celebrated Holi with rain dance which was mostly enjoyed by youths and children. Herbal colour and flowers were use for celebrations,” major (retd) RK Rao of Brisk Lumbini, Sector 109, said.
Some of the condominiums had invited DJs to perform at their townships on Holi.
“We had organised Holi for all age groups...the cultural evening was led by children. Special Delhiwala choley bhature, Mathura ke pede and special halwa were prepared for the residents and the event was funded by the RWA. More than 400 residents took part and relished the food,” NS Yadav, RWA president of Sector 57, said.
Various artistes performed Holi-themes at music nights organised by RWAs.
“Every year, we celebrate the festival of colours in the same manner -- with musical afternoon -- as the festival unites us and people celebrate by playing with colour all day. We had even organised a musical night where the residents danced till 11pm”, Vikas Dhull of Park View Residency, Sector 3, said.