Islanders celebrate Holi with fun and frolic, beaches in SA draw huge crowds

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Port Blair
3 Mar 2018

One of  the greatest and most joyous festivals of India, Holi, was celebrated with much fanfare across these islands on Friday. Dressed in colourful costumes, revellers thronged beaches in the city and South Andaman region to celebrate the festival with their near and dear ones. Corbyn’s Cove, Chidiyatapu and Wandoor in particular witnessed huge crowds where the Police department ensured adequate bandobast to prevent any untoward incident.
“Though the festival is celebrated over a period of two days, Friday was when the main celebrations of the festival took place here in these islands. Declared a public holiday, the day was happily spent by people in the company of friends, family and loved ones. People smeared each other in vibrant colours and gorged on sumptuous snacks. Beaches in the South Andaman region were the most preferred locations for the celebrations, which remained swarmed by revellers till late in the evening. Cops and traffic personnel were deployed at all the locations to maintain law and order. We along with some of our family friends celebrated the day at Chidiyatapu,” said some residents of Junglighat.
On the eve of Holi, the Lt. Governor, A & N Islands, extended his greetings to the islanders wishing happiness and prosperity. “Holi is one of the colourful events in the cultural fabric of our country. This colourful festival also encourages mutual love and unity among the people. On this festive occasion, let us all come together and spread the message of peace, brotherhood and harmony in the society,” said the Lt. Governor in his message. The Member of Parliament, Municipal and PRI members, leaders of political parties, among others also extended their greetings to the islanders on the occasion.
The festival of colours is celebrated across India with fervour to honor the triumph of good over evil. Mythologically and socially also, the two days celebrated as Holi – March 1 and 2 – have great significance. While the first day is also observed as Holika Dahan, signified as the victory of good over evil; the second day, aka Badi Holi/Dhulandi, is said to mark the welcoming of spring and a festival of harvest among farmers. There is also an interesting story of Lord Krishna that’s said to have formed the genesis of the festival of colours.