Patna, Mar 6: Holi was celebrated with full fervour and gaiety in Bihar with people playing 'gulal' and seeking blessings from their elders.
Men, women and children of all age groups came out to meet and greet each other with a wide range of colours.
Groups of youths roamed on the streets celebrating and calling people to join them in the festivities.
Revellers danced to Holi songs at various points on streets, rooftops and apartment basements, indulging freely in 'bhaang' laced 'thandai'. Various Holi delicacies like 'malpua', 'dahi vada', 'kachori', 'nimki' and 'gujhia' were made at households.
These were offered to Gods and Goddesses, especially Lord Krishna and Vishnu, and were then devoured by kids and adults alike. The celebrations were peaceful across Bihar, except sporadic incidents of clashes between revellers in which a few persons suffered minor injuries.
The police forces, present at all strategic locations, managed to contain the situations from escalating further. People visited their friends and relatives on the occasion.
Leaders of various political parties extended their individual greetings to the public in the poll year, as the state is expected to witness a tough battle of ballots after about seven months.
However, political colours were missed in the state capital, as Chief Minister Nitish Kumar cancelled Holi celebrations at his official residence at 7, Circular Road due to the demise of former Chief Minister Ram Sundar Das.
Das died due to old-age related problems today. He had headed the Janata Party government in the state from April 21, 1979 to 17 February 1980. He had also twice been member of the Lok Sabha from Hajipur constituency. He will be cremated tomorrow with full state honour.
This Holi RJD Chief Lalu Prasad gave the city a miss and remained in New Delhi. Doctors have advised him against playing colours as he was operated upon last year due to a heart ailment, party sources said.
Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan, another leader famous for organising dazzling Holi festivities, also gave the state capital a miss and decided to celebrate Holi in New Delhi itself with his actor-turned-MP son Chirag Paswan.
On the other hand, former Bihar Minister Narendra Singh observed a daylong fast on Holi and did not indulge in celebrations to mark his protest over Chief Minister Nitish Kumar revoking several decisions taken by former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.
In a Holi-related incident, two children lost their lives while bathing in a pond at a village under Chenari police station in Rohtas district in the state.
Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Sasaram, Alakh Niranjan Chaudhary said, "the two boys Satyam Kumar (10) and Ayodhya Singh (12) had gone late last night to bathe at a pond at Sadokhar village after 'Holika dahan' programme.
They drowned in the deeper part of the water body and lost their lives." The bodies of the two boys were recovered during the wee hours today and sent for post mortem.