Fagu Poornima, festival of colours, being celebrated

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The festival of colours, Fagu Purnima is being celebrated in the Hilly region today, while the Terai region celebrates tomorrow.

Fagu Purnima also known as Holi, which is celebrated on the full moon day of Falgun month, is celebrated as the victory of truth over falsehood and good over evil.

During the festival relatives and friends gather  and play with colors and water. The government has announced a public holiday on the occasion.

There is a custom of smearing various colours on each other with much fanfare on the occasion.

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In a message today on the occasion of Fagu Purnima (Holi Prava), president Ram Chandra Poudel stated that this festival spreads the messages of mutual reconciliation and harmony by doing away with anger and animosity. The Nepali society is equally diverse ethnically, linguistically and culturally as the colours of the Holi festivals, he added.

“The festival, celebrated with gaiety and is considered as the victory of truth over falsehood and good over evil, will inspire human life to be colorful and joyfu” said Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal expressing best wishes to all Nepalis on the occasion of Holi festival. “The multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-religious characteristics in Nepali society have not only established our national pride and pride, but also developed a national culture that respects and assimilates each other’s identity, self-respect and culture,” he added.

Likewise, Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR) Devraj Ghimire extended best wishes to all the Nepalis at home and abroad for social harmony, tolerance and national unity among all Nepalis. “May the Holi festival inspire everyone to engage efforts towards the path of building a happy and prosperous society by forgetting mutual enmity and misunderstanding.”

In our culturally diverse society, Holi conveys the message that good and truth will triumph over bad tendencies, he said, adding this festival, which is celebrated on different days in the mountains, hills and plains, has helped enhance mutual harmony and unity by integrating the Nepali society.

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