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Asia: India: Festival of Holi, Thrissur Pooram in Thrissur, Rath Yatra, Dasara, Camel Fair in Pushkar

Colors will fill the atmosphere as people throw abeer and gulal in the air showing great joy and mirth in the arrival of this Spring Festival. Holi marks the end of the winter gloom and rejoices in the bloom of the springtime. It is the best time and season to celebrate; Holi provides this opportunity and people take every advantage of it.

Days before Holi, the markets get flooded with the colors of every hues. This aptly sets the mood of the people till the actual day of Holi. It is such a colorful and joyous sight to watch huge piles of bright red, magenta, pink, green and blue everywhere on the streets. Buying those colors seems as you are bringing joys and color to your home and into your life.

Thrissur Pooram in Thrissur, Kerala. A day of fireworks, raucous music and fantastically decorated elephants continues way into the night during this, the biggest festival in Kerala.

Rath Yatra [Chariot Festival], Puri, home of Krishna a juggernaut of a festival in the ancient holy city of Puri in Orissa state. Pilgrims pull 15m high chariots across the city.

Dasara/Dashera, also called Navaratri, nationwide but Navaratri in Gujarat is the best. An important Hindu festival with ceremonies and processions ending with Dussehra, the Festival of Joy which is notable for public battles between giant paper monsters filled with fireworks

Pushkar Camel Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan - a 1000 camels gather to race, put on fancy kit, change owners, take tourists for rides and generally liven up this quiet little lakeside town beside the Thar desert. Singing, dancing and exotic foodstuffs for two-legged animals.

Indigenous Culture: Remote Hindu culture
Festival: Festival of Holi, Thrissur Pooram in Thrissur, Rath Yatra, Dasara, Camel Fair in Pushkar
Environmental Threat: Population Growth
Projects: Rural Education
Music: Local cultural music combined with soulful blues.