“Bura na maano! Holi hai”

Ritu Ghai from U.P.

After nearly 2 years of covid restrictions, the festival of colours is back in every part of India and even globally. Living in Vaishali, a family friendly residential locality of UP swarmed with malls, markets, high rise complexes and metro station, I am witness to a scenario that is abuzz with a special Holi flavour owing to the landslide victory of BJP in one of the largest states of India. People are not only celebrating this agricultural festival but exulting in the glorious win of Yogi Adityanath.

As spring ushers in and the season of hope and joy spreads, the colurs of Holi are in air in full swing. Vendors are happy with sales picking up after a long lull period. High demand for eco-friendly herbal colours is once again in the market. Popular among all the Holi accessories is the bulldozer printed pichkari, that will celebrate the victory of the party’s bulldozer emblem.

People are thrilled to celebrate friendship and unity with Holi Milan events in their areas. Children are once again running the streets with water guns, balloons and other Holi accessories.

As people apply colours on each other, eat gujiyas, gulp up thandai and bhaang and shake a leg to the beat of vibrant Holi songs, they bid good bye to the phase of insecurity and Covid restrictions. However some Covid protocols are being observed.

Housing societies and residential complexes are peppered with an assortment of events, right from Holi dahan, Holi parties, cultural programs along with feasts and get-to-gathers. This year Holi celebrations seems to be indeed action packed.

CM elect Yogi Adityanath leading the BJP to another term in power in Uttar Pradesh, makes Holi celebration in 2022, even more prismatic. The CM will also take part in Holika Dahan and lead Lord Narsingh Holi procession on March 19th, after nearly two years, owing to the pandemic situation.

With the air replete with colours and Holi ‘masti’, people are simply not willing to fit in any mould and raring to liven up the city streets, once again.   

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