Happy Holi India. This year’s festivity is special as it breaks the pandemic jinx. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday extended his greetings to the nation on the festival of Holi. “Wishing you all a very Happy Holi. May this festival of colors, a symbol of mutual love, affection and brotherhood, bring every color of happiness in your life,” Modi tweeted.
Extending greetings on the eve of Holi, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said on the occasion of the festival of colours people should strive to strengthen the bonds of friendship and amity that hold the society together.
Holi is one of the most joyous and vibrant of all festivals in the country. Also known as the ‘festival of colours’, it is celebrated by smearing colours on each other and devouring delectable sweets. Holi is being celebrated with full fervour as people enthusiastically took part in Holika Dahan rituals, on the eve of the festival
The Delhi Police Thursday said it has made adequate security arrangements for Holi celebrations to keep hooligans at bay and drunken driving in check. The Maharashtra government on the other hand issued guidelines for the festival, asking people to celebrate it without gathering on a large scale, and adhere to Covid-appropriate behaviour as the disease is still prevalent.
The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday announced a two-day holiday for Holi. According to a notice issued by the government, both March 18 and 19 will be official holidays across the state. Meanwhile, Delhi University said teaching activities will remain suspended on March 17 in view of Holi. In a notification, the university said all libraries of the university will also remain closed.
Happy Holi 2022: Memes are trending
While memes have become the internet’s staple, Bollywood’s love for festivals (especially Holi) is pretty visible in these memes. From Bobby Deol to Rajpal Yadav and even Kartik Aaryan, these colourful and hilarious memes feature some of the most popular names from Bollywood.
Apart from Bollywood, popular television shows like ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’ and ‘Shark Tank India’ have also joined the bandwagon of Holi memes making rounds on the internet.
The Islamic Centre of India has urged mosques to change the timings of Friday prayers given that Holi will be celebrated the same day. Since Holi, Shab-e-Barat and Friday prayers are on the same day, all efforts should be made to ensure peace and order in keeping with the composite culture of the country, the chairman of the Islamic Centre of India Farangi Mahal appealed on Wednesday.