Holi celebrated at Lok Virsa

Islamabad—The National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) celebrated Holi with a great enthusiasm here on Saturday at Shakarparian.
A large number of people from different walks of life participated in the celebrations and expressed solidarity with the Hindu community. They also appreciated the efforts of Lok Virsa in holding such a beautiful event.
Special programs organized on the occasion included folk musical performance, artisans at work, craft bazaar, food court and many other colourful attractions.
Talking to this scribe, Dr. Fouzia Saeed, Executive Director, Lok Virsa said “Lok Virsa celebrates rituals and festivals of all communities. We will continue this tradition of creating happiness among all communities in future as well.” Holi is an annual festival celebrated on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna (early March).
During Holi, Hindus attend a public bonfire, spray friends and family with colored powders and water. The central ritual of Holi is the throwing and applying of colored water and powders on friends and family, which gives the holiday its common name ‘Festival of Colors’. This ritual is said to be based on the story of Krishna and Radha as well as on Krishna’s playful splashing of the maids with water, but most of all it celebrates the coming of spring with all its beautiful colors and vibrant life.—APP

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