Indian, Bangladesh borders celebrate Holi together

Taking a break from their security duties, border guards of India and Bangladesh celebrated Holi, the festivals of colours, at a border checkpost on Sunday.

Published : 12 March 2017, 11:04 AM
Updated : 12 March 2017, 11:04 AM

The celebrations were a symbol of communal harmony and spread the message of unity among diversity.

At Agartala-Akhaura integrated check post (ICP) near the capital of Indian northeastern state Tripura, the border guards smeared each other with colours and hugged each other to convey greetings before exchanging sweets.

Kanhiya Kumar, Border Security Force (BSF) official and in-charge of ICP in Indian side said : “ We are celebrating Holi with the soldiers of Border Guard Bangladesh. We have enjoyed smearing colours and exchanged greetings and sweets with them. We hope to face together all formidable challenges in the days to come."

The troopers were seen enjoying the celebrations with sounds of laughter everywhere.

The Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) team was led by Md. Suram, in-charge Akhaura land port in Brahmanbaria.

The BGB official said, “Today BGB and BSF troopers have come together in the border and enjoyed Holi here. Not only me, but all my soldiers are here and enjoying with the BSF personnel.  I do not have words to express our enjoyment."

Holi, India’s most vibrant festival of colors indicates the end of winter and onset of spring. It is also associated with the uninhibited expression of love and affection through colours and sweets.

The celebrations ended with exchange of sweets and the border guards promised to maintain good relations.

India and Bangladesh share a long 4096 kms border.