Lucknow/Chandigarh: Holi, the festival of colours, was celebrated with great fervour across Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana on Saturday amidst tight security arrangements.
After burning of Holika late Friday, people started playing with colours in the morning and exchanged greetings and sweets.
Besides minor drunken brawls at some places, the situation was under control in the State, Home Department sources said.
At the Attari border post in Amritsar, BSF troops were seen splashing and applying the traditional gulal (coloured powder) on each other.
They also performed traditional bhangra dance and exchanged sweets with their Pakistani counterparts, the Rangers, at the international border.
A delegation of girl students from Lahore, which crossed over to the Indian side on Saturday, also exchanged greetings with BSF personnel at Attari.
Thousands of devotees thronged various temples in Punjab and Haryana. The Golden Temple (Harmandar Sahib) in Amritsar witnessed a huge rush of people.
Though Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal spent some time with his family to celebrate the festival, it was work as usual for him later on.
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda did not celebrate Holi this year due to demise of a close relative recently.
In Chandigarh, thousands of youth took to streets riding on scooters and motorcycles, in most cases without helmets, to celebrate the occasion.
Revellers, especially children, had positioned themselves on rooftops throwing coloured water on passers by.
Chandigarh Police had set up several nakas to check hooliganism, rowdiness and traffic violations.