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Activists demand shifting of Holi to winters to reduce consumption of water

17, Mar 2016 By Sandeep Kadian

New Delhi: Leading environmental activists have come together and requested the Government to shift Holi to winters to reduce water consumption during this festival. Water consumption during the festival of Holi leads to an annual argument between the seasonal activists and the Holi supporters.

Such scenes will be a rarity during a winter Holi
Such scenes will be a rarity during a winter Holi

Holi is currently celebrated on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalgun which usually falls in last week of February or during March.

A group of activists, led by veteran activist Haryali Ram met PM Modi earlier today and placed their demand in front of him. As per the activists, celebrating Holi during the winters will drastically reduce the amount of water consumed as many people strictly avoid any contact with water during the winter season.

“Every year we see so much water being wasted during the festival of Holi. We think it is time to put an end to this. Since our requests to avoid using water during Holi fall on deaf ears, we have requested the honourable PM to change the date of Holi permanently. Ideally it should be during the last week of December or early January. If people won’t come out of their blankets and quilts then there is no chance of them wasting water”, said Mr Haryali.

Furthermore he said, “Most of the water is used by these college going kids during Holi who love throwing each other in pools of water but as we all know, during winter season, they avoid water like the plague. We will save enormous amount of water.”

When we asked whether it is feasible to change the date of a festival like that, Mr. Harlai said, “Arey if they can change the biggest spectacle in the world, Football World Cup from summer to winter then this is just a festival celebrated by a fraction of the world population. Where there is a will, there is a way.”

While leaving, Mr. Haryali got emotional and told us, “Water is a very precious resource, we must conserve it. I know better than most how precious it is, last month’s water bill of my bungalow is 1,50,000 Rs.”