Hindu women play with coloured powder to celebrate the Holi festival in Peshawar.

PESHAWAR: The Hindus in the city celebrated the festival of colours, known as the Holi with enthusiasm.  Holi is considered as both the religious as well culture festival, being observed by the Hindus across the world during spring.

Besides celebration, Hindu elders also offered prayers for peace and prosperity of the country. Spreading the colours of joy, the Hindus were gathered at a Wedding hall in Gulbarg area of the city. Arranged by the Rajput Welfare Society, KP Assembly Speaker Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani and minority Member Provincial Assembly Ravi Kumar and Ranjeet Singh affiliated with PTI and JUI-F, respectively, attended the event.

On this occasion, the high officials of government departments including sports, Auqaf, and district administration besides representatives of local government and elders of different communities also participated in the event. They congratulated the Hindu community and said that all possible steps will be taken for the welfare of the Hindu population of the province, who is the second largest minority in KP.

Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani said that KP government is determined to extend full support to all the religious minorities and resolve whatever problems, they are facing as it is the duty of the government. Ghani added that all the religious minorities have equal rights and they would also get representation in the provincial cabinet to focus on the solution of the problems being faced by them.

Vishal Rajput, the organiser of the event, said that Hindus enjoyed complete liberty in the country. He said that members of his community from different parts of the province participated in the event.

“During the event, we offered prayers first for the welfare of the community, protection of the country and restoration of sustainable peace and then started throwing colours,” the participants said. They added that it was an attractive event to throw colour powder on each other along with music and dance. The participants said that Holi had them become popular amongst non-Hindus as well because Hindus were inviting their friends of other faiths to the event to share the love.

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