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Dhulandi is just another name for Holi, the festival of colors and is more common in the Braj region of India especially Mathura. Also called Dhuleti or Rangwali Holi, this festival is played with gulal which is smeared on each other’s faces on the day of the festival. Celebrated in honor of Sri Krishna, this is the second largest festival in India after Diwali. Also Read - Coronavirus in Delhi: Delhi Police ASI Dies of COVID-19, Second Casualty in Force



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Though the way the festival is celebrated varies slightly from one region to the other, in Mathura, Dhulandi is celebrated on a large scale. It is the birthplace of Sri Krishna and the festivities a month prior to the festival. On the day of Dhulandi, the priest of temple prepares a milkshake using marijuana leaves called bhaang. People drink it and make merry as they play with colors. Dwarkadeesh Temple is the place to witness the most epic Dhulandi celebration.

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Like most Hindu festivals, the dates change according to the planetary movements. Dhulandi is celebrated in the month of Phalgun that falls in February or March every year. This year, the festival falls on March 24 which is a Thursday. Since there is water shortage in most parts of India, people are playing with just dry colors and not water. If you are playing Dhulandi this year, you can even use eco-friendly colors too.

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