UMERKOT: All arrangements have been finalized to celebrate Holi, a colourful festivity of Hindus, in Umerkot, Tharparkar, Mirpurkhas, Nawabshah, Shahdadkot and other cities of Sindh on Wednesday.
Umerkot and Tharparkar districts are majority area of Hindu community in Sindh, where Holy is celebrated every year with great enthusiasm and fervour. Men, women and children are seen fully prepared to celebrate the day with a befitting manner.
Noted Hindu community leader Bhagwandas Jatiya told media that Holi is celebrated every year in the Spring season. He said that special prayers will be offered on this occasion besides holding colourful programs. He said that majority of Hindus live in Umerkot, Tharparkar, Sanghar and Mirpurkhas, where Holi preparations were in full swing.
Local governments in major cities have facilitated Hindus to commemorate the day with peace and love. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has extended Holi greetings to Hindu community in advance. He has already ordered the release of the salaries to Hindu community government employees so that they could celebrate Holi in a befitting manner.
Holi is a Hindu spring festival, originating from the Indian subcontinent, celebrated predominantly in India and Nepal, but has also spread to other areas of Asia and parts of the Western world through the diaspora from the Indian subcontinent, also known as the “festival of colours” or the “festival of love”.
The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships.
It is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest. It lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon day) falling in the Vikram Samvat Hindu Calendar month of Phalgun, which falls somewhere between the end of February and the middle of March in the Gregorian calendar. The first evening is known as Holika Dahan (burning of demon holika) or Chhoti Holi and the following day as Holi, Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi, or Phagwah.
Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia. In addition to India and Nepal, the festival is celebrated by Indian subcontinent diaspora in countries such as Jamaica, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Mauritius, and Fiji.