Holi festivities end with Mela gaiety
HOLI REVELRY formally came to an end here today with the celebration of ‘Holi Mela’ at Sarsayyia Ghat on the banks of River Ganga.
This weeklong festival has been continuing since 1942. Though the intensity has declined in the last few years and restricted to only a few localities like Birhana Road, Nayaganj, Generalganj and old Kanpur, the ‘valedictory’ session of Holi is still being celebrated with same enthusiasm on the Holi Mela day, which falls on Anuradha Nakshatra.
Following the old tradition, hundreds of Holi revelers took out a large procession from Rajjan Babu Park, Hattia on rickshaws and carts carrying big drums filled with colours. Revelers reached the mela site dancing, splashing colours and embracing each other without any discrimination.
The mela site covers over a kilometer from Chetna crossing to Sarsayyia Ghat.
All along the road, ‘greeting’ camps were set up by the various political parties, social organizations and public representatives. A special camp to greet the revelers was also put up by the district authorities and the police administration.
At the camp, Divisional Commissioner Anita Bhatnagar-Jain, District Magistrate Deepak Kumar, IG Rizwan Ahmad, DIG Daljeet Chaudhary and SSP PC Meena were present to greet the people.
Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal was also present on the occasion to greet the people at his camp. Leaders of different political parties including the Samajwadi Party, the BJP, the VHP and the RSS had also set up their camps. Joining in the tradition, several Muslim organisations also set up their camps to greet the people on the concluding day of the Holi festival.
Apart from this, hundreds of stalls were also installed by the local vendors displaying their artifacts. Fast food joints both Indian and Western were also put up which attracted a large number of people. At some camps ‘thandai’ was also offered to the participants.