New Jersey public library celebrating Hindu festival Holi

New Jersey public library celebrating Hindu festival Holi

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 New Brunswick Free Public Library (NBFPL) in New Jersey, run by the 
City of New Brunswick, is celebrating Hindu festival of Holi on April 7.

There is no charge to participate in the
 festival which includes color festivities using dry and wet colors, 
mehndi (henna), music, dance, food, etc. “You will not be allowed back 
in the building after color play”, the announcement points out.

Commending NBFPL for celebrating Holi, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed,
 in a statement, termed it as a step in the positive direction, and 
urged all the public libraries in New Jersey to celebrate various Hindu 
religious festivals like Diwali, Holi, Krishna-Janmashtami, 
Maha-Shivaratri, Navaratri, Ramnavami, Ganesha Chaturthi, Hanuman 
Jayanti, etc.; in view of presence of substantial number of Hindus in 
the state.

Awareness about other religions thus 
created by such festival celebrations like NBFPL Holi, would generate 
better understanding among various religious communities of New Jersey 
and result in more harmony, Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal 
Society of Hinduism, added.


Joie de vivre festival of Holi welcomes 
the beginning of spring and starts about ten days before the full moon 
of Phalguna. The ceremonies include the lighting of the bonfires, during
 which all evils are symbolically burnt. Holi also commemorates the 
frolics of youthful Lord Krishna; celebrates the death of demoness 
Putana, burning of demoness Holika, and destruction of Kama by Shiva. 
Holi fell on March two this year.


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