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Holi indeed has a way of bringing joy to the billions of people who celebrate this festival of colours throughout India and now across the globe too. We mostly hear the standard versions about how people forget their differences on this day and celebrate the festival in the spirit of happiness and love.
What we completely miss out on most such occasions is the fact that there are so many men and women; sons or daughters, fathers or mothers, brothers or sisters or simply dear friends; who are far away from their homes. Being away from home on such a happy occasion is but naturally a sad time for anyone.
The way you can see these Jawans of the BSF posted in Srinagar enjoying themselves is so endearing that you forget the fact that they are away from home. You forget because they leave their personal hurt aside and enjoy the deep bonhomie they share with their comrades. You forget because it is easier for you to forget.
It is this joy probably that makes even these men and women forget the pain and sadness of being away from their wives, husbands, children, siblings and parents. We salute their spirit. May God bless them for their sacrifices.
Border Security Force Jawans celebrating Holi festival in Humhama outskirts of Srinagar
Watch them playing Holi