New Delhi: Cutting across party lines,political leaders put their inhibitions aside and celebrated the festival of colour Holi with traditional gusto and gaiety, and in the process, welcomed the onset of spring and the harvest season.
In national capital New Delhi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh celebrated Holi in a traditional manner at his residence with party supporters.
"On the behalf of the Bharatiya Janata Party, I convey my regards to all citizens of the country. I congratulate all the leaders of political parties, and other social or cultural organizations," Singh said.
Former party chief L.K. Advani also enjoyed Holi with his family and acquaintances at his residence in New Delhi.
Advani spoke of the religious significance of the festival and invoked the blessings of this age-old festival on the entire country.
"All the families should keep receiving the blessings of Holi (colour festival). The entire country with its citizens should always remain blessed," he said.
In Patna, Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and supporters of his Janata Dal (United) party applied coloured powder on each other's foreheads.
While addressing reporters during the Holi celebrations, Kumar said: "The age-old struggle against central government for obtaining a special state status for Bihar has reached its climax, and soon it will get its final verdict. So, this has created an atmosphere of excitement in Bihar. People are happy. So, this Holi has become special in the state."
In Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan sang and played traditional Indian musical instruments at his residence after being covered with powdered colour.
Amidst the celebrations, he, however, remained concerned over the plight of farmers in the state, and said that he would visit villages where crops had been damaged to provide help and succor.
"I want to make the farmers understand that the year might have ended and crops destroyed but life has not stopped. They shouldn't be worried. Their Holi would not be spoilt. I am going to meet them today to assure them that the government will help them in every possible manner," he said.
Holi is celebrated to mark the end of winter and a welcome of spring and harvest. In places related to life of Lord Krishna, Holi is traditionally played over a period of a few days amid a riot of colours.
This festival is primarily associated with Lord Krishna.