Coloured up: Muslims and Christians join Holi celebrations

Published: March 17, 2014
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People from all walks of life - irrespective of caste, colour or creed - joined the Hindu community to celebrate the colourful festival of Holi at the Lakshmi Narayan Temple on Sunday. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS

People from all walks of life - irrespective of caste, colour or creed - joined the Hindu community to celebrate the colourful festival of Holi at the Lakshmi Narayan Temple on Sunday. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS

KARACHI: 

Screams of joy and laughter echoed through the Lakshmi Narayan Temple as the colours of Holi consumed those within.

Pakistan Hindu Seva Welfare Trust president Sanjesh Sunny Dhanja was happy to see the way the celebrations had transcended religion and had become an event for the whole community. “We made it very clear that everyone is invited, regardless of their religion, and it makes me happy to see how people responded.”

However, the recent incident in Larkana did seem to be hanging over those present, with Dhanja condemning those involved in the incident. “The government needs to take strict action against them so that an example can be made out of them.” Even tourists decided to join in the celebrations. “The media should propagate this side of Karachi,” suggested German tourist Juergen.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 17th, 2014.

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  • Rajesh
    Mar 17, 2014 - 10:18AM

    A temple was Burnt and destroyed in pakistan yesterday, but of course it is not a big issue. It did not even become a news headline. Only if a mosque is destroyed in India, it becomes a big issue.Recommend

  • James
    Mar 17, 2014 - 11:24AM

    “Communal riots hit Sindh, Balochistan cities”

    I really don’t what is the reason for not leaving the space for discussion at the end of the above-mentioned article……..Had this been happened in India, the article would have been in the “Most Popular” and “Most Commented” list on the right hand side of the ET.

    Hope at least this comment won’t be censored.

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  • Introspection
    Mar 17, 2014 - 11:57AM

    @Rajesh:
    The Sindh government was the custodian of places of worship of minorities and would compensate the loss and damage done to the temple. The temple would be reconstructed under Sindh government’s aegis, bearing all expenses…

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  • fifo
    Mar 17, 2014 - 1:37PM

    Holi mubarak to Hindu brothers, sisters and everyone.)

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  • babu
    Mar 17, 2014 - 2:02PM

    @Introspection:
    Kill a man, compensate his family?
    lol!!! If this happened in India, Pakistan would have had a half post flag day and the entire arab world would have cried. Just make sure never, never ever dare to protest if there’s any communal violence in india. ok?

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  • dhananjay
    Mar 17, 2014 - 5:49PM

    happy holi and new year

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  • Spock
    Mar 17, 2014 - 6:10PM

    How sad, the original people of the land have become minority and have to be so scared celebrating the festivals which they were celebrating in the same place for thousands of years.

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  • I am a Khan
    Mar 17, 2014 - 6:15PM

    very wrong of muslims to celebrate a non muslim religious festival. muslims by name, not by deeds. being cordial and at peace with non muslims does not require celebrating their festivals.

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  • Raj - USA
    Mar 17, 2014 - 8:04PM

    @I am a Khan:
    I agree with you that it is not necessary for non muslims to celebrate religious festivals of others and being cordial and at peace with non muslims does not require celebrating their festivals.

    However, Pakistan is having holi every day but it is Khoon Ki Holi.

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  • vaqas
    Mar 18, 2014 - 12:39AM

    Having fun transcends religion. Happy holi everyone!

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