As in the past, the traditional fisticuffs show in Hunsa village in Bodhan mandal in connection with the Holi festival passed off peacefully this year.
No untoward incident was reported and as usual, the police stood as spectators while villagers rained fisticuffs on each other on Thursday. The tradition being continued in the village lying on the Maharastra border in fact was banned by police a few years ago. As the villagers prevailed upon the police assuring that the show would be finished in a few minutes without any violence, the police wanted to stand guard.
Villagers young and old alike, while dividing into two groups, stand on either side of a strong rope tied to two wooden poles erected near the Hanuman temple and start raining fisticuffs after the daylong “colourful” Holi celebrations. Hundreds of people take part in it and several hundreds watched the show.
Sometimes the participants sustain bleeding injuries, but it is all for fun. They do not nurture any enmity nor try to settle the scores after the game is over. The residents celebrate it believing that the tradition brings them peace and tranquillity and prosperity with good harvest every year.
Meanwhile, the Holi was celebrated with gaiety and fervour in the district. It was celebrated at Officers' Club, Press Club, Collector's camp office and SP bungalow. Minister for Major Irrigation P. Sudarshan Reddy, former APCC president D. Srinivas, Collector D. Varaprasad, Deputy IG, N. Sanjay and SP D. Ramakrishnaiah greeted the people.
They also expressed wishes to women in connection with the International Women's Day.