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Holi - The festival of colours and joy

Thursday, March 09, 2017

The festival of Holi gives us the message of friendship and goodwill. On this occasion, we forget our old quarrels with people and mix with one another freely. At least for a day, we forget social distinctions completely. On Holi, there is no difference between the rich and the poor. Holi gives us great joy. It is a happy occasion when we forget our cares and anxieties. But the festival has  some evils too. Many people get drunk on this occasion and indulge in rowdy behaviour and apply colours that are dangerous for health. Some people sing indecent songs and abuse women too. We should celebrate Holi in a decent way. We must realise that it is a festival of joy and friendship. We should share our joys with others. We must not behave in an indecent manner. The real spirit of the festival should be maintained.

Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular among non-Hindus too. Holi celebrations begin with the lighting of a bonfire. Numerous legends and stories are associated with the festival which makes it  exuberant and vivid. People put 'gulal' and 'abeer' on each other’s faces and cheer up saying, "bura na maano Holi hai".

People who want to celebrate Holi in the real spirit of colours should be confined to certain areas along with the willing partners so that others are not offended or subjected to inconvenience. The way the unsuspecting passersby are discoloured with toxic dyes renders it as an unholy affair. Let’s have a holy Holi.

— Jubel D’Cruz, Mumbai

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