Descendants of Nawabs keep Holi traditions alive

Holi Lucknow
Keeping the spirit of "Ganga-Jamuna tehzeeb" of Avadh alive, the descendants of the nawabs in Lucknow continued to organise Holi festivities and celebrate the festival of colours with their Hindu brethren.

The royal families residing around the city station area in Lucknow have been organising holi functions to share the joy and mirth associated with the festival, strengthening the bonds of brotherhood nurtured since the times of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah.

The descendants of the Nawabs as well as the womenfolk not just offer gujiyas to the Holi revellers but also take great joy of smearing gulal on each other as per the Avadhi traditions and Ganga-Jamuna tehzeeb, Nawabzada Sayad Masoom Raza said in Lucknow on Tuesday. The Ganga-Jamuna tehzeeb refers to the composite culture of the area.

"Since the times of the nawabs, Holi had been celebrated in Lucknow by preparing special colours from tesu ka phool and we take part in the festivities by applying gulal on each other and share the message of the festival which is victory of truth and goodness over the evil," he said

The descendents of nawab Amjad Ali Shah, Nawab Syed Badrul Hasan Saheb Bahadur alias Pappu Polister said that unlike other places in the country, Lucknow has had its own traditions where all festivals are celebrated by people belonging to different religions and castes.

"This has given the city an all together different hue which has remained intact all through these years", he said.

By celebrating the festival together, an atmosphere of trust and confidence has been created in Avadh and these festivals reinforce it time and again, the descendants of law minister of the first ruler, Shah Ali Khan Bahadur, Prof Nawab Sayed Ali Hamid said.

He, however, pointed out that there is now an urgent need to ward off the dangeres posed by certain vested interests which make an attempt to destroy the communal amity of the region by staying vigilant.

The scenes presented by the groups of Muslims at various places in the old Lucknow offering colourful "Abir-gulal and gujhiyas" to the revellers and actively taking part in the festivities is an example for the people all over the country to emulate, Nawab Mirza Askari Hasan, the descendent of Mirza Ali Hasan Khan Bahadur, said.

Raza hoped that the seeds of communal brotherhood sown by the nawabs of Avadh would stand firmly in the face of all challenges, adding the festival also provides an opportunity to people to rebuild their love and faith in each other keeping their differences behind.

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