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|NEW DELHI David Beckham England Jersey , March 24 (Xinhua) -- With faces, bodies and clothes awash with a kaleidoscopic spectrum of smudged vermillion, gold, viridescent, rose and azure Danny Welbeck England Jersey , throngs of people of all ages and genders on Thursday greeted each other excitedly all across the Indian capital of New Delhi to usher in Holi.
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Both young and old gathering outside their houses were seen splashing and smearing colors on each other and exchanging laughs and pleasantries.
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In the western state of Rajasthan, a unique celebration is organized in Jaipur city, where elephants groomed and dressed with dazzling embroidered velvet rugs and opulent ornaments are paraded around.
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Social networking websites were abuzz with the Holi greetings and colorful pictures of the festivities, and to coincide with Holi, Google released a new doodle on its homepage to celebrate the ancient Indian festival. The doodle features the ubiquitous Google logo having each of its letters individually splashed in a multitude of vibrant colors.
India's state-run broadcaster, All India Radio (AIR), said the festival of colors symbolizes the victory of good over evil and remains the most vibrant of all.
The Indian President Charles Barkley England Jersey , Vice President and Prime Minister greeted Indians on the occasion of Holi.
"The festival symbolizes the vibrant colors of a diverse multicultural society and the spirit of tolerance and harmony that has been the essence of Indian culture and civilization," read the message from Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.
Trip to help strengthen region’s national identityLin Yue and Chen Aisen of the Chinese Olympic diving team put on a demonstration at Victoria Park swimming pool in Hong Kong on Saturday. A delegation of Chinese mainland athletes who won medals at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is visiting Hong Kong from Saturday to Monday. Photos: AFP
The warm welcome received in Hong Kong by the Chinese mainland Olympic delegation can help mend Chinese mainland-Hong Kong ties in the wake of pro-independence protests and help strengthen Hong Kong residents' national identity, analysts said.
The 64-strong delegation saw 42 gold medalists and five coaches, including ping-pong player Zhang Jike, swimmer Sun Yang Andros Townsend England Jersey , the Chinese women's volleyball team and coach Lang Ping, visit the region, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
Hong Kong also invited athletes who did not win gold at the Rio Games, such as bronze medal-winning swimmer Fu Yuanhui and badminton superstar Lin Dan, according to Xinhua.
Fu became an Internet sensation in China after her captivating post-match interviews.
Xinhua reported that the delegation will have three showcases during the trip Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain England Jersey , including ping-pong and diving exhibitions with children. Some 6,000 tickets were sold in three hours last week, and tickets which had only a face value of HK$20 ($2.5) were apparently being sold by scalpers for as much as HK$1,000.
According to Hong Kong-based newspaper Ming Pao, Fu said during the press conference in Hong Kong on Saturday that she loves Hong Kong and she had never dreamed of being so popular. She stressed that "We [the mainland and Hong Kong] are family Adam Lallana England Jersey , like brothers and sisters."
The delegation also faced some difficult questions as a reporter from Hong Kong's Apple Daily asked the athletes how they would respond if they encountered protests during their visit as tensions between the mainland and Hong Kong were on the rise.
Wen Wen, a mainland official who hosted the press conference, said the question was irrelevant to the purpose of their visit. He said sports are not related to politics and that they need to let go of politics, Ming Pao reported.
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