Like other parts of the country, residents in Okhla too celebrated Holi this year. The preparations for the festival began a few days ago when at Okhla Head several shops starting selling items related to Holi.
Besides, some residents played Holi by smearing each other faces with colours. Also, residents witnessed enthusiastic revellers thronging streets since morning. The festival of colour was held peacefully.
Many people greeted their friends on the social media, SMS and WhatsApp.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “होली के पावन पर्व की सभी को हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं। Greetings on the festival of colours, Holi. May the festival spread joy and warmth everywhere.”
President of India Pranab Mukherjee said: “On the auspicious occasion of Holi, I extend warm greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens.
“Holi celebrates spring and is a harbinger of hope and fulfilment in our lives. May this festival of colours bring together the diverse hues of India’s culture in a rainbow of unity. Let us on this day spread happiness and share joy with the needy and downtrodden. May this unique festival strengthen brotherhood and harmony amongst all our people.
“Let this year’s Holi mark the beginning of a new phase of peace and prosperity in the country”.
Vice President of India M Hamid Ansari tweeted: “I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of Holi – the festival of colours.
“Celebrated with traditional fervor and enthusiasm throughout the country, the colourful festival of Holi marks the onset of warmer season and celebrates the victory of good over evil.
“May this festival bring peace, harmony, prosperity and happiness in our lives.”