The practice of playing Holi in Uttar Pradesh is not new. It has been running for years and is very well known. Let us tell you, even today some of the Nawabs of Awadh are known in the world for their style of playing Holi. Wajid Ali Shah was the last Nawab of Awadh. It is said that even the mournings of Muharram could not stop this Nawab from playing Holi. There is a famous story, which you should read.
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Nawab Wajid Ali Shah loved to play Holi. He used to play Holi with great enthusiasm. He loved Holi so much that he also wrote many poems on Holi. Let us tell you, it happened once during the rule of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah that Holi and Muharram coincidentally fell on the same day. Holi is a festival of happiness, while Muharram is a day of mourning. Therefore, Hindus decided not to play Holi, respecting the sentiments of Muslims. But when Nawab Wajid Ali Shah came to know about this, he decided to play Holi.
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Wajid Ali Shah asked Hindus why they do not want to play Holi this year. In response, Hindus said that they are doing this because of Muharram. After this, Wajid Ali Shah said that since Hindus have respected the feelings of Muslims, it is now the duty of Muslims to respect the feelings of Hindus too. At the same time, the Nawab informed everyone after the announcement that Holi will be celebrated on the same day in Awadh. The special thing is that he himself arrived to take part in this Holi.
Nawab Wajid Ali Shah was the first person to play Holi after his announcement. Nawab Wajid Ali Shah's famous Thumri - More Kanhaiya aaye jo palat ke, Abke Holi me khleungi dat ke, Unke Piche Me Chupke Se jake, Me Unhe Bhi Rang Dungi''. There used to be a musical concert every day at his palace. During his time, Thumri was sung along with Kathak dance.
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