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Vegetable pakoras rise to the Holi occasion

a dish is filled with colorful flowers

Photo: Mary Cuclis / Contributor 

Holi, a riotous, joy-filled spring festival, is a national holiday in India. It signifies the end of cold, dark winter days, new beginnings and a peek into the arrival of warm, light-filled summers. It’s also the great equalizer: Indians of all castes, creeds and religions come together on the streets to douse each other in colored powder. Anybody is fair game — if you don’t want color thrown at you, stay indoors! 

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