T 3125 - होली का त्योहार है , रंग भरी ख़ुशित्यों की, बौ-छार है दिल, घर, भरे आपका संपन्न रूप हो सबका प्रार्थना जो दिल में ढले ध्यान उन सब को भी मिले प्राणो की आहुति दे ,जन, देश, प्रति, जो सब, हो-शियार हैं ।। pic.twitter.com/HuyVA3XdmW
An effigy of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar and others depicting online game PUBG were seen in the city, which were later burnt as part of the Hindu festival of Holika Dahan. Holika Dahan is a festival celebrated just before Holi by burning an effigy of Holika, the devil.
Holi 2019: Effigies of Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed burnt in Patna
While burning 'Ravana' in a Holi bonfire is a common sight every year, residents of a neighbourhood in the Bihar capital this time have put up effigies of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed in the streets for torching them as part of the festive ritual. The Pakistan-based JeM had claimed responsibility for the Pulwama terror attack in February which killed 40 CRPF soldiers.
"People from the local area have put effigies to show solidarity with the spirit that terror activities originating from Pakistani soil would not be tolerated by India and its people." said a local witness.
Bonfires are put up on the eve of Holi as a part of a festive ritual to symbolically burn 'Holika' or perform 'Holika-dahan' by setting afire wood, dried leaves, twigs and other inflammable articles.
Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Yuzvendra Chahal convey Holi greetings
Sportspersons took to their respective social media handles to send heartily wishes to their fans on the occasion of Holi.
Wishing everybody a very happy festival of colours. #Holi
BSP party chief Mayawati took to social media to greet people on the occasion of Holi. She also reminded citizens to fulfill the constitutional obligation of voting in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
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 also cast your invaluable vote to fulfil the constitutional obligation as LS elections is on in the meantime.
Yogi Adityanath celebrated Holi with RSS leaders in Gorakhpur
Uttar Pradesh's chief minister Yogi Adityanath reached his home district, Gorakhpur to celebrate Holi. He mentioned that the traditional festival of the county is a symbol of social harmony. Like most festivals, Holi also teaches us to follow the path righteousness, he added.
The Vice-President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu took to twitter to convey his wishes on Holi. In a message written in Hindi, he said he extends his gratitude to the courage of soldiers and efforts of farmers for the country.
होली के शुभ अवसर पर देशवासियों को हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं देता हूं। वासंती प्रकृति के अनुपम सौंदर्य में सामाजिक सौहार्द, समृद्धि, सहिष्णुता और समरसता का रंग मिलाएं। होली के इस पावन अवसर पर किसानों के श्रम और सैनिकों के शौर्य को प्रणाम करता हूं। उनको तथा उनके परिजनों को मेरी शुभकामनाएं pic.twitter.com/SxFnO9beY3
Ram Nath Kovind conveys his greetings on the occasion of Holi
President Ram Nath Kovind took to Twitter to convey his wishes on Holi. He wrote in hindi, "May the confluence of colours bring positive energy to all our families and our shared society."
होली के शुभ अवसर पर भारत और विदेश में रह रहे सभी देशवासियों को बधाई एवं शुभकामनाएं। रंगों का त्योहार होली वसंत का और समाज में सौहार्द का उत्सव होता है। मेरी कामना है कि यह उत्सव सभी के जीवन में शांति, सुख और समृद्धि लाने वाला हो — राष्ट्रपति कोविन्द
VK Singh to skip festival as mark of respect to Manohar Parrikar
Indian politician Vijay Kumar Singh took to Twitter to convey that he won't be celebrating Holi in the wake of Pulwama attacks. He also mentioned that the untimely death of Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar is another reason to skip the festival of colors.
My family & I are not celebrating Holi this year owing to the sadness that engulfs us in the aftermath of the #PulwamaAttacks & #ManoharParrikar Ji’s untimely death
However,I do hope that the year ahead is filled with the colours of joy & success for you & your family. #Holi2019
Arvind Kejriwal to skip Holi as 'a mark of respect' for Pulwama soldiers
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will not celebrate the Holi festival tomorrow as a mark of respect for the martyrs of Pulwama terror attack, Aam Aadmi Party posted on its official Twitter handle on Wednesday. On 14 February last month, a CRPF convoy was attacked by Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists. Around 42 CRPF jawans were killed in the attack.
Delhi Chief Minister @ArvindKejriwal will not celebrate the Holi festival tomorrow as a mark of respect to the martyrs of Pulwama terror attack.
People celebrate at Bankey Bihari Temple in Vrindavan
People of Vrindavan celebrated festival of colours in full swing at Bankey Bihari Temple on the auspicious day of Holika Dahan or Choti Holi. They gathered at the temple, which is dedicated to Lord Krishna.
Holi 2019 Celebration LATEST updates: While the country celebrates festival of colours with zeal and enthusiasm, Bollywood stars have tweeted out fans to have a safe Holi. On the occasion of Holi, there are several Hindi film actors including Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Esha Deol and others took to social media and sent Holi wishes to their fans
Residents of a neighbourhood in the Bihar capital this time have put up effigies of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed in the streets for torching them as part of a Holika Dahan ritual. A placard each have also been slung around the necks of the two effigies, bearing the slogan 'Pakistan Murdabad'.
In Mumbai's Worli, locals put up a giant effigy of Masood Azhar, clad in white and holding up an assault rifle, on top of a haystack.
While Saeed, the head of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa and mastermind of the November 2008 Mumbai terror attack is a designated terrorist, a fresh move has been made at the UN to designate JeM chief Azhar as a global terrorist.
Uttar Pradesh's chief minister Yogi Adityanath reached his home district, Gorakhpur to celebrate Holi. He mentioned that the traditional festival of the county is a symbol of social harmony.
President Ramnath Kovind, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and leaders of various political parties greeted the countrymen on the occasion of Holi and wished everyone's happiness and prosperity
It’s well established by now that the Mumbai Police Twitter handle does a great job of sharing important messages through quirky tweets. This Holi, they took to Twitter to instruct citizens to have a responsible festival, prioritizing safety at first.
This year, celebrations have been preceded by hostilities near the border, which followed the 14 February Pulwama terror attack. Leaders of several political parties, including Rajnath Singh, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Arvind Kejriwal, will not be celebrating Holi on Thursday as a mark of respect to the CRPF personnel who lost their lives in the attack. The CRPF too will not celebrate the festival.
There has already been a Google Doodle to mark the occasion as most of the country gears up to deck itself in colours. The celebrations have already begun in some parts of the country, with people smearing vibrant colours on each other, relishing gujiyas and delicious malpuas, not to forget thandai, especially ones laced with bhang.
Mythologically, the two-day celebration of Holi, this year on 20 and 21 March, has great significance. While the first day is also observed as Holika Dahan, signified as the victory of good over evil; the second day, Badi Holi or Dhulandi, is said to mark the welcoming of spring and a festival of harvest among farmers.
Holi is celebrated with its trademark uniqueness every year.
So, as the country comes together to celebrate one of India’s most popular festivals – and one that has formed a huge part of Indian representation in pop culture globally – here are snapshots of what happened on Holi in India and around the world.
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