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A Man In Pakistan Who Celebrated Holi Shares His Story

Wahid Khan from Karachi, Pakistan celebrated the Hindu festival Holi. Later he took a public bus in Karachi,even though he was advised to take a rickshaw instead.  a Facebook post, he narrated how people around him reacted.

Wahid then shared the reactions of the passengers through a Facebook post and it is a must read:

I was coming from a Holi celebration and I decided to take a public bus despite the arguments of friends that I should just take a rikshaw cuz people might react to it as I was all in colors. I wanted to see people’s reaction and more than that I wanted to use a public space to celebrate diversity and to let people think about it. I came across many people, and everyone perceived that I am a Hindu and told me how they know “people of my community”. This was my favorite conversation on a bus.

I sit next to an uncle.

Uncle: (with a great sympathy) Why are you working in such a young age?

Me: Sorry, what do you mean?

Uncle: You are a color worker right?

Me: (laughed) No uncle, actually I am coming from a Holi celebration.

Uncle: Oh, Hindu brotheri?

Me: No, I am from a Muslim family.

Uncle: what? So you celebrated Holi? And rest of them were Muslims as well?

Me: Yes, and some of our friends were Hindus and we celebrated Holi in a church.

Uncle: Beta, you are a Muslim, and…

(There was another uncle sitting in the seat behind us, he interrupted): Oh bhai, if colors bring these kids together and they can celebrate it together with the minority, why do you have to bring in religion? That’s a great thing.

Uncle: Well, we were raised by telling us that Hindu and Muslims can not be together.

(The other uncle shakes his head)

Me: That is where everything went wrong. Happy Holi!

Uncle laughs.

It was a great day and glad to see Pakistan accepting other cultures and religions!

Happy Easter if you have read through.

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