PM Modi, US minister lead Holi celebrations in India
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his greetings to the citizens of the country on the occasion of Holi.
Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said, "Best wishes for Holi. May the colours of joy and enthusiasm always shower in your life. Wishing you all a happy and colourful Holi!." The festival of Holi which celebrates the spirit of inclusiveness and humanity heralds the onset of spring after winter in the Indian subcontinent. The festival marks the victory of good over evil and is celebrated on two days - Holika Dahan and Holi Milan.
US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, who is in India on an official visit, arrived at Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's residence and participated in the Holi celebration.
Raimondo expressed happiness for joining people in the Holi celebration and said, "It's an honour for me to be here on such a holiday. I felt so welcomed by the Minister, it's fantastic. Happy Holi!"
At Rajnath Singh's residence, apart from Raimondo, Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Textiles Piyush Goyal, Indian Minister for Sports, Youth Affairs and Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur and BJP MP Manoj Tiwari were also present. Minister S. Jaishankar and Law Minister Kiren Rijiju were also present on the occasion. The US Secretary of Commerce was seen dancing and beating the drum.
Raimondo, who is on a 4-day visit to India, will participate in the Indo-US Commercial Dialogue and CEO Forum which will be held on March 10 2023.
"During the visit, the US-India Commercial Dialogue and CEO Forum will be held on March 10th, 2023, to discuss cooperation in various sectors that could unlock new trade and investment opportunities between the two countries," according to the statement released by the US Department of Commerce.