Holi, the festival of colors, celebrated with fervor across the globe

  • Biden extends Holi wishes to India and the world
  • Times Square illuminates with wishes for Holi festival

New Delhi: Holi, the festival of colors, was celebrated on Monday with full gusto across the globe by people from all walks of life.

President Joe Biden and the First Lady Jill Biden extended their Holi wishes to the people of India and others across the world celebrating the festival of colors. “Today, millions around the world will join together to celebrate Holi, the arrival of spring, with gulal and vibrant colors. Jill and I wish all those observing today’s Festival of Colours, joy and happiness,” Biden wrote on X.

The Indian Embassy in Washington hosted a cultural event at DuPont Circle, while the Indian Consulate in New York adorned the iconic Times Square with banners of Holi greetings, illuminating the heart of the city with the spirit of festivity.

“Wishing everyone a colorful and joyous Holi from the heart of New York City. #TimesSquare May the festival of color fill your life with happiness, love, and peace,” the consulate wrote on X.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to social media platform X to express his greetings on the occasion of the festival of colors. “Many happy Holi wishes to all family members of my country. May this traditional festival of colors filled with affection and harmony bring new energy and new enthusiasm in your lives,” he wrote.

The festival was extra special this year as it was the first in Ayodhya after the consecration of the Ram temple. The entire Ram Janmabhoomi premises was immersed in the joy of the festival of colours. “Ram Lalla is celebrating his first Holi after his consecration in the temple. His charming idol was decorated with flowers, gulal has been applied on the forehead. On this occasion, the idol of Ramlalla wore a pink dress,” Ram Janmabhoomi temple chief priest Acharya Satyendra Das said.

The ancient city of Varanasi threw itself with full abandon in the Holi celebrations with the revelers dancing to music in streets amid bursts of abir and gulal. Foreign tourists joined the locals in the excitement as the ghats of the city teemed with people who indulged in all sorts of festivities.

Mathura in Uttar Pradesh was drenched in hues of the rainbow on Monday as people celebrated Holi and smeared ‘gulal’ on each other. Brij Bhoomi, especially Vrindavan and Govardhan, also witnessed an explosion of colours. Pilgrims visiting the ISKCON temple also joined the celebrations in Vrindavan.

Image courtesy of SRJTK

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