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City set for Rangpanchami

RANGPANCHAMI, WHICH will bring to a close the five-day festival of Holi, will be celebrated with traditional mirth and joy tomorrow.

india Updated: Mar 20, 2006 15:27 IST

RANGPANCHAMI, WHICH will bring to a close the five-day festival of Holi, will be celebrated with traditional mirth and joy tomorrow.

Along with the revelry and enthusiasm seen on Dhulendi will be the merriment of traditional `gairs’ splashing different colours on people who come out on the streets to celebrate the festival of colours in large numbers.

The traditional `gairs’ - vehicles on which pumps are mounted to spread and splash colours on revellers will be taken out by the socio-cultural organisations supported by both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress party.

This year organisers of Sangam Corner Rangpanchmi Chal Samaroh have developed a missile like `gair’ to splash colours on people coming its way. Tableaux depicting Lord Krishna and Radha in playful mood would be the chief attraction at the `gairs’.

Another socio-religious organisation, Hind Rakshak Sangthan, will take out Radha Krishna Faag Yatra to mark the festivity. Tribals of Jhabua add colours to the festival by performing their traditional dances.

The gairs taken out by residents of Malharganj and Tori Corner were once prominent but Phaag yatra introduced by BJP MLA Laxman Singh Gaud has overshadowed their influence.

The Phaag Yatra drenches one and all even as it winds its way through City’s core areas. The celebrations that herald the arrival of Spring, a season of joy and hope, is marked by public zest and gaiety.

Besides gairs, people indulge in colour splashing with gulal, abeer and pichkaris that are synonymous with the festival. Elaborate plans are made to colour loved ones.

Everybody wants to be the first one to colour the other. In the ensuing battle of colours, everybody is drowned not just in colours but also in love and mirth.

In the last two decades, Holi has gained particular significance, as socio-cultural organisations have made it a five-day festivity that concludes with Rangpanchami.

Elders say the tradition has historic roots. The Maratha Holkars who conquered the State brought with them the Marathi tradition of Rangpanchami- where colours are played on the fifth day.

Although Indore has a tradition for five-day celebrations, Pushtimargis celebrate it for 16 days with colour splashing, haveli music and special bhog offered to Lord Krishna.

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Holi has gained particular significance, as socio-cultural organisations have made it a five-day festivity that concludes with Rangpanchami.

First Published: Mar 20, 2006 15:27 IST