President, vice president greet nation on HoliMarch 18th, 2011 - 4:55 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil and Vice President Hamid Ansari have greeted the nation on the festival of colours - Holi - that will be celebrated over the weekend.
“On the joyous occasion of Holi, I have great pleasure to extend my greetings and good wishes,” the president said in her message Friday.
“May this unique festival of colours bring joy and happiness and foster the spirit of unity and harmony amongst our citizens,” she added.
Holi, the festival of colours, is mostly a north Indian festival and is a two-day affair. It will be celebrated on Saturday and Sunday.
The vice president, in his message, said : “My hearty greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of Holi, the festival of colours.”
“Holi is celebrated with joyous gaiety and this festival brings forth the tradition of reinforcing unity amidst diversity. It also marks the onset of spring. May this festival fill our lives with happiness and promote national integration,” he added.
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