Kolkata, Mar 21: Refraining from celebrating Holi this year as a tribute to the slain CRPF jawans in the recent Pulwama terror attack, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday conveyed her heartiest Holi greetings to all.
Taking to her Twitter handle, Ms Banerjee said, ' Heartiest #Holi greetings to all. May your life be filled with colours of joy & happiness. Your enjoyment should not bring sorrow to someone else. '
Ms Banerjee, however, had already announced that she would not celebrate Holi this year as a tribute to the slain CRPF troopers. “We will not celebrate Holi, but the people will find colourful ways to celebrate the festival,” said Ms Banerjee.
In a Tweet, the Trinamool Congress supremo said, ' In memory of slain jawans in #PulwamaAttack & other brave martyrs, I have decided not to participate in Holi festivities this year. '
Meanwhile, the State Food Processing and Horticulture Department is promoting the use and sale of herbal colours for Dol Jatra celebrations.
The herbal aabir, as the colours used in the festivities are called, are manufactured by a self-help group (SHG) and are being sold at Mayukh Bhavan in Salt Lake, which houses the Horticulture Department.
The members of the SHG responsible for manufacturing the herbal colours have received training from Jadavpur University. The colours are extracted from flowers and mixed with talcum powder and arrowroot to manufacture the finished product, said the head of the SHG.
There are five varieties of aabir – green, orange, pink, yellow and violet, extracted from rose, marigold, palash, aparajita and balsam, respectively. UNI