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Holi: celebrating ‘Colors of Joy’ across the world

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By Syona Sachdeva

Holi, famously known as ‘festival of colors’, is a Hindu religious festival celebrated in the spring season. For some, it is a way to celebrate joy. Many may call it spreading love and togetherness and others might simply say it is adding colors to our life.

Holi, in all, is a celebration of love, colors, and ecstasy.

Bura na mano Holi hai (meaning don’t feel offended, it’s Holi) is a popular saying heard during Holi since it is the time to share the happiness and fun with friends and family.

The Hindu festival is not only celebrated in India but across the world where Indians or people of Indian origin have settled. They celebrate the festival with enthusiasm, playing with different colors and water and lighting a bonfire called Holika.

Different communities organize the event gathering Indians together for it binds them with people of the same origin and with their roots as well giving them a sense of their culture. It is a popular festival in different countries besides India including Nepal, Bangladesh, USA, Mauritius and many others.

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The festival of colors is the most colorful and lively festival celebrated in Nepal. Nepal being a neighboring country of India, is a Hindu dominant country and the festival of colors is an important festival in the country. The day is an official holiday of the year when people enjoy the fun filled day with colors and water, throwing water balloons and playing with water guns. Holi at its best is seen in Kathmandu streets of Thamel and Durbar square where the place is packed with people, especially kids.

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The Challenges, Growth and Prospects of Olive Oil Industry in India

Discussing the growth, prospects of olive oil in India

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For the first time in the country, experts in India will hold a panel discussion about the olive oil industry. Pixabay

BY PUJA GUPTA

For the first time in the country, experts in India will hold a panel discussion on the challenges, growth and prospects of the olive oil industry on the 13th of December at PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Rahul Upadhyay, President and Akshay Modi, Vice-President at The Indian Olive Association (IOA) will be hosting the Annual Public at the Lakshmipat Singhania Auditorium. The session will discuss the transition of olive oil from being a foreign oil to a homegrown oil with which the citizens of India can now reckon with.

The panel moderated by senior food and travel writer Rupali Dean will spearhead the session on Olive Oil In India-2.0. The panel of speakers will include noted restaurateurs, chefs, nutritionists, food researchers and biologists, entrepreneurs, retailers, food, health and fitness experts.

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The Indian Olive Association focuses on the problems confronting the emerging sector of olive oil and table olives in India. Pixabay

Upadhyay said, “The Indian Olive Association focuses on the problems confronting the emerging sector of olive oil and table olives in India. With Annual Public Session, we attempt to bring together the doyens from the food and health industry to discuss the problems and offer solutions that will accelerate the growth of olive oil in India.”

Akshay Modi, Vice-President at The Indian Olive Association (IOA). “The Annual Public Session is a platform that brings together all the diverse stakeholders to speak a unified voice for the greater good of the category of olive oil in India.”

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The Indian Olive Association (IOA), the national apex association of olive oil producers, growers, distributors, importers, users and consumers in India works to promote consumption and expand the market for olive oil and table olives. The association focuses on the problems confronting this emerging sector in India. Macro-economic factors like GST, Import Duty and issues with respect to the import of both table olives and olive oil are taken up by IOA with multiple authorities to streamline the import process and ensure a steady growth for this category. (IANS)