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Vrindavan (UP): Breaking the shackles of tradition, hundreds of widows would play Holi, the festival of colours, in the land of Lord Krishna this year. Around 800 widows would play Holi in ashrams of Vrindavan during the four-day celebrations commencing on March 24.

"In an effort to bring widows to mainstream and help their social assimilation, we have organised several events to encourage them participate in Holi celebrations at Vrindavan,"  said Sulabh International founder Bindeshwar Pathak.

As widows do not play Holi traditionally in Vrindavan, the upcoming event may need some amount of attitudinal change in the mindset of the society, he said, adding that in a symbolic gesture the widows will play Holi with flowers on March 24. The organisation has been providing facilities to all the widows in five government run shelter homes here, he said. PTI