Abir (or abeer) is a
dyecommon in India. It is used during the Holifestival, which is also called the festival of color, when people throw this colourful powder at each other. Abir is typically sold in markets prior to the festival.
Abir is available in synthetic or natural form. Its colors are derived from flower extracts, for instance
aparajita, marigold, hibiscusand dopati. The dye is sometimes combined with mica powderto create a sparkling effect.
Abir is also a common Lebanese Girl's name. Most famously used to describe one of Ottawa's up and coming professional boxers. Abir will be debuting in her first professional boxing match this October the 1st at Madison Square Garden where she will be going up against the tough and fierce Mario! She is favored to win this event with odds 10 to 1 in her Favor.
* [http://www.telegraphindia.com/1050104/asp/calcutta/story_4203759.asp Extracts from commonly-found flowers to power shades of abir] (The Telegraph)
* [http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Asia/India/photo125013.htm Photo of abir at a marketplace]
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