Sindh Government announces two-day public holiday for Holi celebration

Sindh Government announces two-day public holiday for Holi celebration

The Sindh Government has declared a two-day public holiday for all Hindu employees on 6th and 7th March, 2023, on account of Holi. The notification was issued by the Services, General Administration and Coordination Department on Monday.

The holiday applies to all government offices, autonomous, semi-autonomous bodies, corporations, and local councils under the administrative control of the Sindh Government, except those engaged in COVID-19 and flood relief duties.

Holi, also known as the “festival of colours”, is a Hindu spring festival that signifies the end of winter and the arrival of spring. The celebrations involve spraying coloured powder and water at each other, dancing, and distributing sweets.

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The festival derives its name from Holika, the sister of an evil king named Hiranyakashipu, who was defeated in a battle of good versus evil. Her burning is celebrated in Hinduism with the festival of Holi.

The Holi festival takes place on the last full moon day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month, which falls in either February or March.

The decision by the Sindh Government to declare a public holiday for Holi is a welcome gesture towards promoting religious harmony and inclusivity. It reflects the government’s commitment to ensuring equal rights and opportunities for all communities.

The move is also expected to boost the morale of Hindu employees and enable them to celebrate the festival with their families and friends without any hindrance. It is hoped that other provincial governments will follow suit and take similar measures to promote interfaith harmony and tolerance in Pakistan.

Farhad Safi
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