When Varanasi widows played Holi and danced for the first time, the Ghats beamed with joy

Women in white, painted the town of temples Red with their smiles.

What a memorable and mesmerizing sight it was when white sari laden women played holy at the banks of river, Ganga at Assi Ghat, Varanasi this Friday!

The old customs of keeping the widows away from colours and anything celebratory came to an end. Breaking all the rules widows from the Nepali ashram, Birla widow home, Durga Kund ashram and 2 other ashrams in Sarnath enjoyed playing Holi after years. The celebration is called ‘Vasantotsava’ and was organised by  Sulabh International.


Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of the sanitation NGO, Sulabh International played Holi too with the widows said the event was “one of the happiest days of my life.” He also said-

“Being part of and witnessing the breaking of the centuries-old tradition where merry making was out of bounds for the widows was a very satisfying and heartening experience.”


Sulabh had also organised a similar joyous event 2 years ago in Vrindavan to keep reminding people that joy and happiness should always be shared.

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