Photos: India celebrates Holi, the festival of colours

Millions of Indians are celebrating the Holi festival, dancing to the beat of drums, smearing each other with green, yellow and red colours and exchanging sweets in homes, parks and streets.

Free from wearing masks and other COVID-19 restrictions after two years, they drenched each other with coloured water on Wednesday.

“Wishing you all a happy and colourful Holi!” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Bollywood and other celebrities organised bashes for friends and posted photos on social media.

“People who work hard, play hard,” said Ravi Sharma, a pharmacy owner.

One of the most popular Hindu festivals, Holi, which also marks the beginning of spring, celebrates the divine love of Hindu god Krishna with his consort Radha.

On Tuesday night, people made bonfires with logs of wood in open spaces to commemorate the triumph of good over evil – Hindu god Vishnu killing a demon, Hiranyakashipu.

Holi traditions vary across India. In two northern towns, hundreds of women celebrated last week by playfully hitting men with wooden sticks in response to their teasing as part of a ritual.

Drinking is part of the celebrations. New Delhi reported record liquor sales on Monday, a whopping 2.6 million bottles sold on a single day, compared with an average of 1.1 million bottles, according to The Times of India newspaper.

Award-winning kids’ app Pok Pok Playroom is out today with its latest major update. The Busy Book toy has new illustrations and animations to celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, designed to encourage curiosity, storytelling, cultural awareness, fine motor skills, and more.

Today’s update comes after releasing the all-new Islands toy last month. Here’s how Pok Pok describes the Busy Book update for the Holi festival that officially kicks off today:

Celebrate the festival of colour in Busy Book! Continue fostering curiosity about the world in this ever-expanding collection of people, places and things with Holi!

Here’s what you’ll see in the updated Busy Book:

  • Brand new illustrations and animations highlight the Hindu festival of Holi, celebrating the end of winter and the coming of spring.
  • Gentle, hand recorded sound effects add to the experience of calm, self-guided discovery.
  • Busy Book grows even larger with a diverse set of new characters and items.
  • Three new colours are added to the palette to help honour this colourful celebration!

If you haven’t checked out Pok Pok for your kids yet, it’s an amazing app that my own kids use – I’ve been a paying customer since its launch. In less than two years, it’s won an Apple Design Award, Editors’ Choice Award, and shipped 16 impressive updates.

Pok Pok Playroom is available from the App Store with a free 7-day trial.

For all the details on why I think this app is so great for kiddos, check out my original review:

  • Hands-on with Pok Pok: A wonderfully engaging kids’ app from the makers of Alto’s Adventure

And here are some of the updates Pok Pok has launched over the past months:

  • Pok Pok iOS app for kids gets a fresh world to explore, create, and learn with new Islands toy
  • Pok Pok Playroom immersive iOS app for kids gets new ‘Connect The Dots’ toy
  • Pok Pok iOS app for kids gets ‘Marble Machine’ in newest update

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