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The Indian festival of color, Holi was celebrated on March 29, took place with a little less vigor this year with the rising cases in India. However, it didn’t stop people from wishing each other to hope and good times to come.
US Vice President Kamala Harris greeted everyone, saying the festival is all about “positivity, setting aside our differences, and coming together”.
Taking to Twitter, Harris said: “Happy Holi! Holi is best known for vibrant colors that are tossed at friends and loved ones. Full of joy, Holi is all about positivity, setting aside our differences, and coming together. A message that’s been embodied by communities across the world during these tough times.”
Besides the US VP, Congressman Tom Suozzi, Sending also wished Holi greetings to all Indian-Americans.
“Holi Mubarak to all celebrating on Long Island, in New York and all around the world. While this year’s celebration will once again look different, families can celebrate this festival of love, colors, and spring safely. But as sure as winter turns to spring, so does this renewed opportunity to celebrate peace, friendship, and opportunity,” said Congressman Suozzi.
Over the years, Suozzi said he has had the chance to be a part of many Holi celebrations.
“It is always a wonderful time filled with amazing food and the company of good friends. To all my friends in the Indian-American community and others who are celebrating, I wish you a happy Holi!” Suozzi said.
Even though it is a predominantly Hindu festival, it is celebrated by people of other faiths as well. It marks the arrival of the spring harvest season in the country.
People celebrate the festival by binging on some lip-smacking sweets, thandai and splash colored powder, water, and balloons while chanting “Holi Hai”.
The evening before Holi is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi during which people light a bonfire to signify the burning of the demon Holika.