By Taniya Dutt
In a frenzy show of celebration, men from an Indian village fired strings of bullets in air to celebrate a festival meant for ‘colours’.
While Holi was celebrated nationwide by smearing brightest of the colours at each other to welcome the season of Spring, a village in India fired bullets in air and shot canons to mark the annual festival.
Dressed to the ‘T’ in their traditional attire complete with bright red headgears, men from Menar village in Udaipur in western India came out of their houses carrying heavy guns and crackers a day after Holi on Saturday.
They fired several rounds of aerial gunfire and canon shots and fired crackers as women sang songs of valour and heroism to rejoice the event that dates back to 400 years old.
Scores of villagers had gathered to rejoice the merrymaking and witness the thrill and fun.
Firearms and crackers show which begins around 10 pm continues till wee hours.
Historians believe the unusual tradition in the village started 400 years ago to mark their victory over the Mughal army that had plundered and looted the area causing much suffering to the people.
Holi, the Hindu festival of colours, is celebrated with immense fervour and zeal across most cultures and religions in vast swathes of the nation as it bursts into thick plume of powdered and water hues.
Millions swarm into public spaces, splashing and smearing colours-not even sparing complete strangers to mark the beginning of Spring.