Holi, the festival of colours, was celebrated with great fervour across India today. A festival, which celebrates the victory of good over evil, also marks the end of winter and the arrival of spring. The two-day festival, which commenced in many parts of the country yesterday, is celebrated by smearing one another with coloured powder. Holi is also celebrated as thanksgiving for a good harvest.
A string of leaders greeted the nation on the occasion, including President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi. Taking to Twitter, the President wished everyone on the auspicious occasion and said Holi is a celebration of harmony in our society, while PM Modi wished everyone a happy Holi.
Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan extends greetings
होली के उल्लासपूर्ण अवसर पर सभी को शुभकामनाएं। होली का रंगों से भरा जीवंत त्यौहार सभी को सामाजिक सौहार्द, एकता और आपसी भाईचारे का संदेश देता है । मुझे आशा है कि यह त्यौहार लोगों के जीवन में हर्षोल्लास, शांति, प्रगति तथा समृद्धि का संदेश लेकर आएगा ।— Sumitra Mahajan (@S_MahajanLS) March 2, 2018
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), in an attempt to ensure minimal water wastage this Dhuleti, will not be supplying extra water to societies on Friday. Authorities also stated that they will keep a close watch on the private tankers and monitor water wastage by the private societies.
Union minister Rajnath Singh celebrates Holi at his residence
Holi might be widely celebrated as the festival of colours nationwide, but for many women, it is a nightmare turned into reality every year. Reacting to the increasing hooliganism, actor Ayushmann Khurrana tweeted " ‘Bura na maano holi hai’ is overused and misused"
Former chief minister of Karnataka B. S. Yeddyurappa greets Happy Holi on twitter
Beware of people changing colours, tweets Virender Sehwag
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 2, 2018
Emphasising the importance of colours, Gujarat chief ministers Vijat Rupani expressed Holi wishes on Twitter.
Colours are synonymous with the Indian culture. Each colour symbolizes a form of energy in life, and thus they are an inseparable part of our life. #HappyHoli— Vijay Rupani (@vijayrupanibjp) March 2, 2018
May this festival paint our lives with the bright hues of peace, harmony, prosperity and happiness, tweets Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu.
Here's what Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on the occasion of Holi: "My Nani is 93. She’s the kindest soul ever. This Holi weekend, I’m going to surprise her! I can’t wait to give her a hug..."
My Nani is 93. She’s the kindest soul ever. This Holi weekend, I’m going to surprise her! I can’t wait to give her a hug.... #HappyHoli to all of you. Have a joyful celebration..— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) March 1, 2018
Holi celebrates harmony in society: President
Wishing everyone a happy Holi, President Ram Nath Kovind says the festival celebrates harmony in our society. "May it bring peace, joy and prosperity to everyone's lives," he adds.
Greetings and best wishes to fellow citizens on the auspicious occasion of Holi. The festival of colours, Holi is a celebration of harmony in our society. May it bring peace, joy and prosperity to everyone’s lives #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March 2, 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets the nation on the occasion of Holi. Here's what he says on Twitter.
होली के पावन पर्व की सभी देशवासियों को ढेरों शुभकामनाएं।— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 2, 2018
Wishing everyone a Happy Holi!
Happy Holi! While the country wakes up to a colourful morning, filled with laughter, singing and delicious food, here are wishes and reactions coming in from across India. Follow for the latest news and updates!