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Reds, blues and purples are among the most popular colors in Holi.
The young boy spies the pretty girl in the red scarf laughing and chatting with her friends. He doesn’t know her – yet – but he has a plan. Cautiously he approaches her, a smile on his lips. As he gets closer, she turns, sensing somebody behind her. She is just about to open her mouth to say something when he upturns the small pail of colored water over her head, drenching her instantly.
Yet instead of reacting with anger as she would any other day, the girl screams with laughter, and so do her friends. Today is Holi, when getting soaked to the skin in all manner of colors by total strangers is all part of the fun. That many people also indulge in intoxicating drinks like the marijuana-laced “bhang” only adds to the atmosphere of wild abandon.