HUBLI: Preparations are in full swing for Holi, the festival of colours, in the twin cities with various committees set up for the purpose busy making arrangements for the festival.
The idols of "Rati" and "Manmatha" kept safely in the store rooms of various temples have been brought out and artists are busy giving making repairs and painting them to give a new look.
It is a tradition in this region that the mud idols of Rati and Manmatha are installed at various points and worshipped for five days as part of the festival, which is popularly known as "Ranga Panchami."
Under the guidance of elders, the youngsters erect pandals, make arrangements for illumination and daily worship.
While in most of the places the idols are installed on the day of "Holi hunnime," it is only in places where "Ranga Panchami" (celebrating Holi on the fifth day after the full moon day) is celebrated that the idols are kept for worship for five days.
Once the idols are installed, the women folk take charge of worshipping the idols. The goddess Rati is offered "udi" (offering rice, coconut, jaggery, bangles in a platter) by the women. Meanwhile the youngsters make arrangements for firewood to burn the "Kaamanna." On the fifth day the burning of "Kaamanna" takes place.
While Holi is celebrated on the very next day of the Holi hunnime in Dharwad (this time on Sunday), it is in Hubli that "ranga panchami" is celebrated (on Wednesday).
One more important factor seen during the Holi celebrations in twin cities is the show of communal harmony. People belonging to various communities take part in the celebrations.
Members of Anjuman-e-Islam take out a procession on the thoroughfares of the twin cities greeting all taking part in the festivities.