Mar. 18 - Cities throughout India celebrate the Holi festival in an explosion of color and revelry. Tara Cleary reports.
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL The unmistakable sights and sounds of Holi. India's holiday, known as the Festival of Colors, unites people of all ages, religions and castes and marks the advent of spring. Revelers douse each other with colored powder and water, hand out sweets, and dance in the streets. SOUNDBITE: Mohini Sharma, local participant, saying (Hindi): "Today almost 10 types of Holi are being celebrated here, with sweets, flowers, colors. We are totally immersed in the colors of Lord Krishna." SOUNDBITE: Elley, tourist from the United States, saying (English): "We do not have anything like this in America. This is very unique to India. It is an amazing holiday. I am very happy I am here." The event also honors Hindu legends and Gods and devotees attend temple to present offerings and to pray. Even rival politicians put aside their differences and added some color to their campaigns ahead of India's upcoming parliamentary election. And even though its roots lie in Hindu beliefs, Holi is celebrated throughout the country by a wide range of communities.