Celebrations started a day ahead with full moon house parties and EDM events.

This Holi, it was not just about rain dance, chilled thandai, or colour-smeared faces. Celebrations started a day ahead with full moon house parties and EDM events heralding in the festive mood in the city.

With an array of scrummy Holi goodies and vibrant festive spirit, the house parties went well past midnight.

“Holi is a fun festival and one day is too less to enjoy the spirit of it. We enjoyed the festive occasion with a get-together of friends with some good food and music at a house party a day before,” said Shweta Singhal, a resident of Pandurangapuram.

Members of Rajasthani Sanskritic Mandal started the celebrations with ‘holika’ (bonfire) in the early hours of Wednesday at R.K. Beach. A few hours later, the Beach Road was awash with colour. Faces smeared with colours beyond recognition, revellers came down in large numbers with some even resorting to throwing eggs to dab the annual dash of colours to their lives. Selfie sticks went up in the air to capture the festive mood.

Many others who live in other places took a break and came down to the city to celebrate the Festival of Colours with their friends and family.

“We have always celebrated the festival with cousins and friends in Vizag. When we were in college, we would oil our hair before playing with colours and then hit Holi songs would be played loudly all day,” said Shailaja Naidu, a IT professional, who reached the city early in the morning from Hyderabad to celebrate the day with near and dear ones. The rain dance events in the city were a hit with people. While colours kept raining down from overhead, the music flowed in to ignite the jubilant spirits of the revellers. With an energetic mix of some hip-swinging Bollywood Holi numbers, the exuberant crowd grooved in style.

Social media saw a flood of Holi pictures.

Interestingly, the medium of Twitter and Facebook was used to also promote the message of playing with safe colours and celebrating a dry Holi to conserve water.

Source By: http://www.thehindu.com/