Kolkata, Mar 21: Amid heightened security, West Bengal on Thursday celebrated Holi and 'Dol-Jatra' with traditional fervour, marking the triumph of good over evil, with vivid colours, traditional songs and dance.
With the Lok Sabha poll round the corner, politicians cutting across party lines today came out on to the streets smeared in colours in their bid to reach out to the people. Some of them were even seen taking selfies with young voters.
While the colour festival is known as 'Holi' in other parts of the country, it is popular as 'Dol-Jatra' here. Cutting across age barriers people in all parts of the state participated in the annual fest.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today greeted the people of the state on the joyous occasion Dol Jatra, the festival of colours and appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony during Holi.
Ms Banerjee in her message on the occasion of Dol Yatra 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.”
“In memory of slain jawans in#PulwamaAttack & other brave martyrs, I have decided not to participate in Holi festivities this year,” she added.
Earlier on Tuesday, the chief minister announced that she would not celebrate Holi this year as a tribute to the CRPF troopers slain in the recent Pulwama terror attack.
"We will not celebrate Holi, but the people will find colourful ways to celebrate the festival," said Ms Banerjee conveying her wishes to the people ahead of Holi at a programme.
She said, "We do not want to politicise the incident (Pulwama terror attack). But the jawans died despite the government having intelligence inputs about a possible terror strike."
To mark this day, famous search engine Google celebrates the festival of Holi with an animated doodle. The colourful and vibrant animation portrays the festival of colours. In the doodle, while on one hand people are seen throwing colours and smiling as they play Holi, on the other hand, a man is seen playing the drums and a kid from the window is throwing the colour through a pichkari.
On one side, Google has also shown people indulging into some festival delicacies. In the city as the morning progressed, youngsters moved around their neighbourhoods in groups, throwing water missiles and smearing colour powder (abir) on one another. People exchanged sweets and pleasantries.
The local clubs in different parts of the state capital have also organized plays, songs and art competitions in the later part of the day.Students from different universities and institutions danced and sang Rabindranath Tagore's songs and smeared each other with colours. (UNI)