Mathura: Where will you celebrate Eid now, questioned CM Yogi
Mathura: In pursuance to Hindu traditions and beliefs, Uttar Pradesh government will celebrate Diwali in Ayodhya. Holi in Mathura and 'Ramayan Mela' in Chitrakoot, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said here on Saturday.
He was candid enough to say that during eleven months of his rule so far, his government has not stopped people to celebrate festivals according to their religious beliefs. In the same vein, he said "I am a Hindu, every religious person has the right to celebrate his beliefs and traditions."
Yogi arrived here to a rousing welcome by 101 'dhol-nagadas' (drums) before celebration of the 'Latthmaar Holi' of Barsana when reporters asked him where should Eid be celebrated after he stated Diwali celebrations were held in Ayodhya and Holi will be marked in the Braj region. "I am here (in Mathura) to celebrate the 'Latthmaar Holi' of Barsana, a tradition which I has been extended to others parts of the country and even abroad."
The UP CM, accompanied by Power Minister Shrikant Sharma, also visited the Krishna Janmbhoomi and stayed at the sanctum sanctorum for about 30 minutes. He reiterated that like in the past , the Diwali celebrations at Ayodhya and now there is Holi in Braj area,there would be many more events in the state to popularise such festivals and to boost the tourism sector further.
It may be recalled that the state government had announced to observe Holi in Braj as 'Rasotsava-2018' which will be celebrated with over 6000 colours accompanied by shower of flower petals and followed by a dance performance of film actress and Mathura MP Hema Malini and a rendition of songs by Bollywood singer Kailash Kher. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will also attend the Holi festivities here.