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For other uses, see Abir (disambiguation).

Abir is a word with several meanings around the world:

  • In Nepai, a dye powder
  • In the Bengali language, the color of the sky during sunset;
  • In Marathi, natural colour (also called gulal)
  • In Arabic, aroma, perfume.
  • In Hebrew, brave man or knight.


Nepali dye powder
Participants in a Nepalese Holi festival wearing colorful abir powder

Abir (अबीर), or in the alternative spelling abeer, is a dye common in Nepal and less common in India. It is used during the annual Holi festival in March, which is also called the festival of color, when people throw this colorful powder at each other. alternatively, the powder may be applied during worship by the elders. Abir is typically sold in markets prior to the festival. Abir is sold in synthetic or natural form. Its colors are derived from flower extracts such as aparajita, marigold, hibiscus and dopati. The dye is sometimes combined with mica powder to create a sparkling effect.

Bengali color

Abir in Bengali refers to the reddish color of the sky during dusk. In an open sky during sunset the western edge of the sky forms some color between red and pink. Ancient Bengali scholars named this color as Abir. In this region, Abir is mostly used as a male name. In classical and modern Bengali songs and poems, the word abir (or, alternatively spelledabeer) is used very commonly and has a very dignified literature value.


Abir, an alternate spelling of Abeer (Arabic: عبير), is an Arabic name meaning fragrance or the fragrance of flowers, can refer to perfume and can be used as a female as well as a male name.


In Hebrew, Abir is a male name meaning "brave", or, interpreted as an acronym אבי״ר, for אדוננו, בוראנו, יוצרנו, רופאנו (“Our Lord, our Creator, our Maker, our Healer”), "knight".[1] The "Abir Warrior Arts Association of Israel" was founded by Yehoshua Sofer, styling himself Aluf Abir אלוף אבי״ר "Grandmaster of Abir" or "Champion Knight".

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  1. ^ "Abir Hebrew Warrior Arts". IsraelUnseen.com 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 

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