Headline • After the UAE, Russia will now give PM Modi the highest civilian honor• India again surprised the world by testing the weapons of space• 17 years later, China felt a big blow economic situation is very weak• Supreme Court gives relief to cricketer Sreesanth in spot-fixing• Aamir Khan gave statement on Kangana Ranaut's resentment• No change in government stand on Article 35A• SP-BSP alliance in Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand• Arjun Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan praise Akshay Kumar's trailer for the film Kesari• BJP government raises EPF interest rates• Uttarakhand Police urges Kashmiri students not to send inflammatory statements on social media• Kulbhushan Jadhav case starts hearing on Monday• Rajiv Saxena gets interim bail till Feb 22 • Vadra wrote on Facebook, handed Priyanka to the people of India, please keep them safe.• J&K : Attack on CRPF team, 7 security personnel and 4 civilians injured• State strike in Uttar Pradesh is illegal: Allahabad High Court• Mamata Banerjee declares victory on Supreme Court order in West Bengal• Tension in Meerut area after breaking Ambedkar statue• INDvsNZ : India won the series 4-1• I will leave politics even after Modi's retirement : Smriti Irani• Don Ravi Pujari arrested from African country Senegal• "I will be back soon" Union Minister Arun Jaitley• Report of the NSSO's unemployment, at the high level of 45 years• Modi government can give big gift to farmers• Akhilesh welcomes Priyanka Gandhi's political entry• Republic Day 2019 : India's power demonstration on Rajpath

'Hathoda baraat' : Allahabad celebrates unique Holi procession

Allahabad: Holi is normally celebrated across the country with gusto, but in Allahabad, the festival of colours is celebrated in unique way. The people of Allahabad take out a hammer procession in which the hathoda (hammer) is adorned like a groom and the VIPs of the city join the event as baraatis.

The traditional hathoda baraat was taken out in Sangam city on Monday. This procession held every year prior to the Holi festival.

The aarti of the traditional hammer was performed by the city mayor Abhilasha Gupta with a lantern. Whereas, Allahabad zone commissioner Rajan Shukla applied Kajal (eyeliner) to the groom hathoda.

The baraat started after being given a 21 gun salute with each of the shells made of confetti packed into a cracker.

According to report, this year's hathoda baraat commenced from Kesar Vidya Peeth, a school in Meergunj, wherein the long procession, complete with decorative lights and a DJ belting out hit numbers, passed through zero road, ghanta ghar and Loknath only to arrive at Vidya Peeth again.

As per baraat convenor Sanjay Singh, "the procession is taken out by Prayag Nagrik Seva Sansthan (PNSS). This special wodden hathoda is kept in the PNSS office on a specially designed platform. Before Holi, it is taken for a holy dip in river Ganga, given new clothes and a garland and brought to the marriage premises."

Every year in the procession, a kaddu (pumpkin), stuffed with abeer and gulal is broken along with the effigy that carries a message for the common man. This year's effigy was symbolic of rising inflation.

Related News