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Don't mind, it's Holi: A common excuse to take liberties and get a bit naughty
Today, it's Holi - the festival of colours – which is undoubtedly the most fun-filled and boisterous of Hindu festivals. It's an occasion that brings in unadulterated joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance, and, of course, lots of bright colours!

Every year it is celebrated on the day after the full moon in early March and glorifies good harvest and fertility of the land. It is also time for spring harvest. The new crop refills the stores in every household and perhaps such abundance accounts for the riotous merriment during Holi. This also explains the other names of this celebration - 'Vasant Mahotsava' and 'Kama Mahotsava'.

“Don't Mind, It's Holi!” or “Bura na maano, Holi hai” is a common excuse to justify and get away with ‘mischief’ and ‘naughtiness’ on this day.

During Holi, practices, which at other times could be offensive, are allowed. Squirting colour water on passers-by, dunking friends in mud pool amidst teasing and laughter, getting intoxicated on bhang and revelling with companions is perfectly acceptable. In fact, on the days of Holi, you can get away with almost anything by saying, "Don't mind, it's Holi!"  

Many women also love to enjoy the freedom of relaxed rules and sometimes join in the merriment rather aggressively. There is also much vulgar behaviour connected with phallic themes. It is a time when pollution is not important, a time for license and obscenity in place of the usual societal and caste restrictions. In a way, Holi is a means for the people to ventilate their 'latent urges' and experience strange physical relaxations.

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