Holi is an event celebrated by Hindus on the day after full moon in early March each year. In Sindh province of Pakistan Holi was declared a holiday in the year 2016.
In 2016 because of a Hindu lawmaker’s petition, Pakistan’s parliament passed the resolution for holidays on events like Holi, Diwali, and Easter. At that Ramesh Kumar Vankwani said, “This House is of the opinion that the government should take steps to declare Holi, Diwali, and Easter as closed holidays for minorities.”
It then came to light that Holi and Diwali were official holidays in Pakistan initially but then, later on, they were made optional. We don’t know if in Sindh minorities will be given a holiday on the occasion of Holi this year in 2018 or not but at least we can expect one until the official announcement is made.
Holi is a festivity that is celebrated globally but specifically in India. Folk songs, dances, fun activities & a day of colors best describes Holi. Hindu light fire to purify the air from evil & bad spirits & represent the end of Holika the wicked after which this festival was celebrated.
Before this in Pakistan, a holiday was observed on Kashmir Day as a protest against Indian control over part of Kashmir. So all the government, semi-government institutions were closed on this day & people enjoyed a long weekend. But on Holi, the holiday will not be for everyone.
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History of Holi:
Initially, Holi was celebrated to enjoy good harvests & land fertility. Symbolically there is a story attached to this event. There was a King who tries murdering his son, Prince Prahlada for worshipping Lord Vishnu. Then the King’s sister who was immune to burning sits with the prince inside a fire. But the Prince came out completely unhurt, but his aunt dies. To remember this event Hindus celebrate Holi.