New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended Holi greetings to the nation.
PM Modi tweeted, “Heartiest greetings to all of you as you celebrate this festival of colour, joy and happiness. May this festival bring happiness in the lives all countrymen.”
रंग, उमंग और आनंद के त्योहार होली की आप सभी को बहुत-बहुत बधाई। यह पर्व सभी देशवासियों के जीवन में खुशियों लेकर आए। pic.twitter.com/xfrfdNaduX
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 10, 2020
Holi celebrations start on the night before Holi with a Holika Dahan where people gather, perform religious rituals in front of the bonfire, and pray that their internal evil be destroyed the way Holika, the sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu, was killed in the fire. The next morning is celebrated as Rangwali Holi – a free-for-all festival of colours, where people smear each other with colours and drench each other.