Happy Holi 2019 LIVE Updates: Holi, also known as the festival of colours, was celebrated with great fervour across the country on Thursday. The festival marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. The festival, usually held over two days, is celebrated by splashing colours, dancing and munching sweets.
Celebrations begin a night before with Holika Dahan — a bonfire that symbolises the victory of good over evil. People circle the fire called and perform religious rituals and pray for the destruction of evil recalling the story of the demon Holika tried to burn her nephew Prahlad but got burnt herself instead. Today’s Holi celebrations are called Badi Holi or Dhulandi. This is said to welcome spring and the festival of harvest for farmers.
Taking to Twitter, President Ram Nath Kovind greeted the nation. Calling Holi a “celebration of spring and fraternity in our society,” the President extended wishes to the Indians citizens in the country and abroad.
Holi 2019 celebrations: Here's how the festival of colours was celebrated across India today. Read the highlights below.
Holi is to strengthen friendship-fraternity among all sections: WB Guv Tripathi
West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi conveyed wishes to the people of the state on the occasion of Holi and said the festival was an opportunity to reaffirm people's faith in the country's cultural heritage.
"May this joyous festival provide an opportunity to reaffirm our faith in the country's cultural heritage, strengthen the secular fabric of our country and spirit of friendship-fraternity among all sections of society", he said in a statement.
Tripathi further said festival of colour was to "strengthen the secular fabric of our country and spirit of friendship-fraternity among all sections of society."
"Holy festivity also marks as an occasion to reset and renew ruptured relationship, end conflicts and rid oneself of accumulated emotional impurities from the past. Holy reassures us of the power of the truth and that is the ultimate victory of good over evil," the governor added
Delhi Police issues challans over traffic violations, drunken driving
Delhi Police has issued 13,219 challans issued today for traffic violations including 431 for interception and 1591 for drunken driving.
The Police Control Room received around 4026 calls, of which 2440 were related to colours used against people's will and squabbling incidents.
Uttar Pradesh: Over 600-year-old tradition broken in Mathura
Over a 600-year-old tradition of walking through the flames on Holi eve was not performed in a village in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, PTI reported.
"None of the youth from the Brahmin community volunteered this year to continue the over six-century-old tradition of the village," Ram Het, the former village head of Jatwari in Chhata area, said.
Another reason to not continue the tradition was cited as encroachment in the area. "How can we perform the tradition when there is no ample space left due to encroachment," Sunil Panda, who had walked through the flames in the past couple of years, said.
In pictures: Chandigarh plays Holi
(Express photos Kamleshwar Singh)
Pakistan: Peshawar to celebrate official Holi on March 30
Official Holi celebrations in Peshawar, Pakistan at a government level will be celebrated on March 30, said Ravi Kumar, a member of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.
A Hindu community organised an event and celebrated Holi in Peshawar.
Throwback photograph of Kejriwal on Holi goes viral
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has confirmed that it is indeed him in this viral photograph on Twitter! Responding to a user who wished him happy Holi, Kejriwal said the lad in the brown pants in the front is him. "The one in the front wid brown trousers..." he tweeted.
Holi is a festival that expresses joy and camaraderie: Venkaiah Naidu
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu greeted people on Holi, saying the festival symbolises the victory of good over evil. In his message, Naidu said, "Holi is a celebration of the victory of good over evil. It is a festival that expresses joy and camaraderie."
On Holi, Mayawati reminds nation of voting during Lok Sabha polls
"Warm & heartfelt greeting & best wishes on the occasion of Holi. Celebrate Holi with full festivity but try not to forget poor around you to double the happiness & also cast your invaluable vote to fulfil the constitutional obligation as LS elections is on in the meantime," BSP chief Mayawati
Yogi Adityanath on Holi
Greeting citizens on occasion of Holi, Yogi Adityanath remembered the soldiers who laid down their lives for the nation. "The festival of Holi is a symbol of our glorious tradition, heritage and diversity," he added
आज होली के शुभ अवसर पर गोरखपुर महानगर में। pic.twitter.com/0cwhHlgftH— Chowkidar Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) March 21, 2019
Top Bollywood Holi tracks of all time
Holi is a festival of colours and celebration. And when it comes to celebration, there is no topping our very own Bollywood. The Hindi film industry has left no stone unturned to let their hair down on the occasion. From the relatively recent track “Badri ki Dulhania” to the classic “Rang Barse,” we list some of the most popular Holi songs. Read more
How to download and send Holi stickers on WhatsApp
To install stickers for Holi wishes, open the WhatsApp and tap on the emoji icon next to typing space. You will see three options — emoji, GIF, Sticker — at the bottom. Tap on the Sticker icon. You will see a plus button to the right, tap on it and scroll through the available stickers to add into WhatsApp.
If the stickers you are looking for aren’t in the list, scroll down and tap on “Get more stickers” option. You will be directed to Play Store on Android where third party WhatsApp friendly sticker apps will be listed.
You will see “WAStickerApp” written in the search bar of the Play Store. You can either scroll through the list or add the word “Holi” after the WAStickerApp in the search bar.
Alternatively, you can go to Play Store and search WAStickerAPP Holi or WhatsApp stickers for Holi. The same process can be followed on iOS.
Delhi Metro services available after 2.30 pm today
Delhi Metro services will not be available till 2.30 pm today on Holi. Metro feeder bus services will also not be available till 2 pm and will run as per schedule thereafter. The Delhi Traffic Police has made elaborate arrangements. Teams with alcometers have been deployed at major intersections and vulnerable points to detect and prosecute traffic violators, police said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southwest) Devender Arya said they have put in extra pickets where women personnel have been deployed along with male policemen to ensure women can easily approach them. He said patrolling has been stepped up in the South Campus area and two special pickets have been placed outside Moti Lal Nehru College and the main entrance of South Campus while an extra van has been patrolling the area.
Carryover the spirit of Holi to the polling day to colour your finger with the indelible ink: EC
Election Commission extends wishes to the nation on Holi
Carryover the spirit of Holi to the polling day to colour your finger with the indelible ink, marking your presence in #DeshKaMahaत्यौहार !— ECI #DeshKaMahaTyohar (@ECISVEEP) March 20, 2019
Vote is your right, Vote is your responsibility #GoVote pic.twitter.com/2pzqocKZjR
Enjoy Holi colours without cacophony, says Mumbai Police
Holi 2019: Useful tips to take care of your skin and hair
Holi is all about smearing colour on each other’s faces, splashing water balloons and having fun with friends and family. However, the chemicals in the colours can play havoc with your hair and skin and also cause allergic reactions and rashes. To have a safe Holi, follow some of our useful tips like applying oil, make sure there are no cuts or wounds on your skin and avoid contact lenses. Read more
Here’s how India is celebrating Holi
On Holi 2019, stunning photos show the making of natural colours
This Holi, see how the herbal colours are extracted from natural ingredients like flowers, leaves, fruit peels and much more.
In a series of photos shot on iPhone, Apple is highlighting how a group of women living in a small village outside Udaipur are making these colours to keep the festival safe and eco-friendly. While most dyes and colours used during Holi are produced in factories using synthetic products, these natural colours are meticulously handmade by these women. Their work ensures traditional methods of creating these vibrant powders from delicate flowers, fruits and trees are preserved. Read more
Rajnath Singh, Arvind Kejriwal shun Holi celebrations in memory of Pulwama jawans
Rajnath Singh, Arvind Kejriwal said they wouldn't celebrate Holi this year in the wake of the Pulwama terrorist attack, in which a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber killed 40 CRPF personnel. It may be recalled that in 2017 too Singh had desisted from celebrating the festival of colours following a Maoist attack in Sukma that claimed the lives of 12 CRPF jawans.
The incident had occurred near Kottacheru village under Bhejji police station, around 450 km away from Raipur, when 112 personnel of CRPF’s 219th battalion were out for a road opening operation.
Holi, Kapoor khaandan style!
Holi has always been an important festival for the Indian film fraternity, not just on-screen but off-screen too. Our movie stars have never shied away from indulging in the revelries in real life. And one such place that hosted exuberant Holi festivities for decades was the RK Studio. These photos from the Express Archives reveal how Holi was an integral part of the studio’s celebrations. Read more
Yogi Adityanath celebrates Holi at RSS office
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath celebrates Holi at RSS office in Gorakhpur. "Warm greetings to all of you on the occasion of the festival of Holi - a festival of harmony and love," he wrote on Twitter
Holi 2019: Indian markets closed today
The BSE, National Stock Exchange, forex and commodity futures markets will remain closed Thursday on account of Holi
Rangoli Designs to decorate house on Holi
On Holi, apart from applying colour or gulal on each other, people also beautify their homes by making beautiful and colourful designs called rangoli – a popular folk art. Known as Kolam in the south, and Alpona in West Bengal, these colourful designs are made using varied elements – from special rangoli powder or ground rice powder to flowers and even diyas.
In case you are planning to make a rangoli this year, you can draw some inspiration from these gorgeous designs which we have collated for your reference. Read more
How Europeans documented their encounter with Holi
Holi has, for centuries, held a special place in the hearts and minds of foreign visitors to India. At times associated with exoticism, at other times with primitivity, the festival has for years been seen as an essential segment of the Indian cultural landscape. When the Europeans first started ruling over parts of India, the region, its geography and its people were just as incomprehensible to them as were their manners and traditions. They were particularly fascinated by the festival of colours, as they described it variously as “the carnival of the Hindus,” or the “Hindu spring festival in honour of Krishna, the amorous cowherd.” The name of the festival too was hard to assimilate in the English tongue. For a long time, it was referred to as Houly, Huli, Whoolye and Wooly before the current spelling of the word was used by the English dictionaries of the early twentieth century. Read more
Legend behind Holika Dahan
Holy scriptures such as Narad Purana and Vishnu Purana are full of interesting stories about the festival of victory. A well-known demon king named Hiranyakashipu had a son, Prahlad, who became a great and faithful devotee of Lord Vishnu. King Hiranyakashipu couldn’t tolerate his son’s devotion towards Vishnu, and called his demon sister Holika to kill Prahlad. Holika had a divine gift that fire could not burn her, so she suggested that she would sit with Prahlad in a fire. Because of her boon and the magical clothing she’d adorn, the fire would not do anything to her, but it would burn Prahlad. However, when it was time and Prahlad was made to sit on Holika’s lap, he began to utter Vishnu’s name, and chant, “Om Namo Narayanay”.
The pyre was set on fire but owing to Vishnu’s grace and love for his young devotee, the fire burned the demon Holika while her magical clothing saved Prahlad from the fire. Holika died in that fire and this instance was taken as a sign of the triumph and victory of good over evil.
Happy Holi wishes, messages and quotes
Holi is the festival of colour, laughter and music and as we gear up to celebrate the day, here are some wishes you can share with your friends and family members.
May festival of Holi bring colours to your life: Rahul Gandhi
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi extended wishes to the nation on occasion of Holi. "Wishing you and your family a very Happy Holi. I pray that this festival brings colours to your life," he wrote on Twitter
आपको और आप के परिवार को होली के पावन अवसर पर मेरी और मेरे समस्त कांग्रेस जन की ओर से हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं।— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 21, 2019
होली का यह त्यौहार आपके जीवन को खुशीयो के रंग से सराबोर कर दे , मेरी ईश्वर से यही कामना है।#HappyHoli 🌈
Holi 2019: People walk on burning embers in Gujarat
On the occasion of Holika Dahan, people in a Gujarat village walk on burning embers. Holika Dahan signifies that evil cannot exist for a long and eventually it is good that will triumph.
Holi 2019: Google Doodle celebrates the festival of colours
On the occasion of Holi, Google Thursday dedicated its latest doodle to the festival of colours which is celebrated to mark the first day of spring and end of winter. The doodle depicts revellers splashing colours on each other while one person is playing an instrument and another is eating sweets. The artwork has been created by Chennai-based artist Chaaya Prabhat. Read more
As the country wakes up to a colourful morning, filled with laughter, songs, colours and delicious food, here's wishing our readers from India and abroad, a very Happy Holi. Follow The Indian Express' live blog for the latest news and updates