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Watch: Muslims and Hindus celebrating Holi together at Dewa Shareef

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Barabanki/The Second Angle: Holi, the festival of colour is being celebrated across the country with traditional fun and colours. In India, the festival of colours attracts people from all ages and religions. This year Holi brought several silver linings.

Lucknow, the city of Nawabs living up to its spirit took initiative and Friday Namaz timing were delayed so that people can play colours and any untoward incident can be avoided. The Imam of Aishbagh eidgah in Lucknow, on Tuesday has urged all the mosques of the city to postpone the timings for friday namaz in view of Holi celebration on 2nd March.

Muslims and Hindus playing Holi at Dewa Shareef | Image: The Second Angle/ Mohammad Faisal

Nearly 40 kilometres from Lucknow is located a mofussil town Dewa Shareef in district Barabanki. The town is known more for the mausoleum of Sufi Saint Haji Waris Ali Shah (1817-1905). Haji Waris preached peace, brotherhood and co-existence among different faiths. His followers include both Hindus and Muslims. They take pride in writing Warsi as title.

Every Holi, people from all religion gather in the courtyard of Haji Waris Ali Shah’s Mazar and play Holi. People with skull caps distinguishing them as Muslims can be seen sprinking colours. Te tradition is continuing since ages while many attribute that even Haji Waris played with colours.

This year when the administration was on its toes for maintaining law and order, the courtyard was again filled with people-both Hindus and Muslims and soon there was a sea of colours with all joyfully playing Holi.

“I have been playing Holi here since my childhood. This year also I enjoyed a lot. Some of my friends from Lucknow joined me. The festivities give us the message that festivals are for everyone to celebrate,”Shavez Waris, a resident of Dewa Shareef told The Second Angle.

This year, the Holi was in the eyes of several media persons who had to complete their job of collecting something exclusive on Holi. For followers of Haji Waris Ali Shah, it was a routine festival where they do not differentiate between people from any religions.

“There are more Hindus who follow Haji Waris than Muslims. You can see this during the annual fair,” Shavez said. The fair is held between October-November every year.

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