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Commissioner Juthani's Holi message to DPH employees

Dear Colleagues,


Monday, March 25, is the Hindu festival of Holi, which celebrates the arrival of spring, the triumph of good over evil, and the celebration of light.

Holi is celebrated by Hindus all over the world and is the second biggest festival in the Hindu Calendar after Diwali. Holi is the festival of colors wherein everyone plays with colors to mark the celebration. It is the most awaited time of the year which brings people closer and marks the period of harvest. The colors of Holi spread a message of peace and happiness.

I’ve included three photos of my family gathering last weekend for an event we call Holi Easter. We start off with a traditional Easter Egg Hunt, then we celebrate the colors of Holi, which includes throwing a rainbow of colored powder at each other. Many colors have different meanings; red, for example, symbolizes love and fertility while green stands for new beginnings.

Today’s message is the first of numerous emails that I will be sending you over the next few weeks that recognize the holidays of the early spring season. My main theme with these messages is to reflect on how much we have grown as a department, how much we all have in common, and how your continued work on behalf of the citizens of Connecticut allow for new beginnings.

And for those members of the DPH family who celebrate Holi, I wish you happiness, success, and a very colorful Holi. May your Holi celebrations this year be memorable. To new beginnings!

Commissioner Juthani