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Firozabad villagers re-enact Holi to atone for earlier blasphemy

It is three months since people celebrated Holi, the festival of colours, but residents of Uttar Pradeshs Firozabad District have decided to celebrate Holi to atone for an act construed as blasphemy by conservative in the area.

Firozabad (Uttar Pradesh), May 4 : It is three months since people celebrated 'Holi,' the festival of colours, but residents of Uttar Pradesh's Firozabad District have decided to celebrate 'Holi' to atone for an act construed as blasphemy by conservative in the area.

Villagers claim that they committed a 'sin' when they burnt the figurine of the demoness Holika before the time ordained for it.

"In the last Holi, we burned Holika before time and it is a blasphemy.

We have been facing misfortune since then, and some people have also experienced nightmares about of bigger catastrophes awaiting us. So, we decided to celebrate the festival again with all rituals," said Geeta Kumari, a villager.

Burning figurines of Holika is meant to certify the victory of good over evil.

"We celebrated it in the same manner as we usually do. We smeared colours and distributed Holi delicacies," said Vinod Kumar.

ANI

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