The omnipresent turmeric - known for its curative and culinary powers - is also a part of a traditional celebration in the Mattancherry district of Kerala. Here, residents bath in turmeric mixed water to rid themselves of skin diseases.
People take out an effigy of God Kama in a procession. The effigy is then burnt.
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People then dance and revellers splash coloured water mixed with turmeric at each other to celebrate the victory of good over evil.
"The entire ceremony is symbolic of a victory of good over evil. It is a process of cleansing the body," said Ramesh Kumar, a resident.
The festival also marks the culmination of the fifteen-day celebrations of 'Holi' and ends on the first Sunday after the full moon, in the month of Phalgun (February-March).
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