Rang De

The peacebuilding department of Diocese of Raiwind Church of Pakistan hosted Holi celebration for Hindu and Sikh community with the theme, ‘Rang de’. More than 180 youth members from 5 different faith communities attended the program. The event was held at 15 Warris road, Lahore on 19 March, 2017. “Celebrating the triumph of ‘good’ over ‘bad’, this colorful festival falls. Songs, water balloons and bright colors are the major highlights of this vivid and lively festival. Bright colored powders, known as ‘Gulal’ are smeared on everyone’s faces accompanied by splashing of colored water. These bright colors are believed to signify energy, life and joy. While everyone is indulged in mouthwatering delicacies.” Roshini Roy, student from GC University said. Bishop Azariah said, “If we want to bring Hindus and other minorities in the mainstream, we should treat them as equal citizens. Our shared culture has been and can continue to be a strong connecting force in this regard.” Holi signifies the arrival of spring, and an opportunity to forget and forgive errors and make new friends. People celebrating the festivity go out and meet others, play and laugh, pay or forgive debts and revisit relationships with people. Also known as ‘the festival of colors’, revelers throw powder at each other, leaving people covered in different colors from head to toe.