It is believed that, the change in the weather causes viral fever and cold and the playful throwing of natural coloured powders has a medicinal significance. The colours are traditionally made of Neem, Kumkum, Haldi, Bilva, and other medicinal herbs prescribed by Ayurvedic doctors. For wet colours, traditional flowers of Palash are boiled and soaked in water over night to produced yellow coloured water, which also had medicinal properties.
Ok, back to today's festivities. It was a gorgeous Autumn day in Sydney. Sun was shining bright with occasional cloud cover. When we got there, things were already in motion. With lots of dances, lots of colours flowing around and lots of tasty food to indulge in, it was a great experience.