Bengal town veg plea for Holi
Nabadwip: The Trinamul-run Nabadwip Municipality has "appealed" to residents to turn vegetarian for three days around Holi to spare devotees in the Bengal temple town the sight of "animals' slaughter and bloodshed" during the festival.
The appeal is to stay off non-veg food from February 28 to March 2.
Nabadwip, the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, has around 200 Vaishnav temples and seminaries.
Municipality chairman Biman Krishna Saha said: "We have made a humble appeal to the people. The scenes of bloodshed around meat and fish shops may cause discomfort among thousands of tourists, devotees and pilgrims who visit the town during Holi. They are vegetarians".
Local Trinamul MLA Pundarikakshya Saha echoed the view.
Subir Goswami, a resident, termed the appeal "logical" and pointed out that non-veg food was avoided in Navratri in north India.
Chinmoy Bhowmik, a fish dealer, said: "Respecting the appeal, we will keep our shops closed on March 1 (Holi) but on the other two days, shops will remain open. Otherwise, many fish sellers will find it tough to make ends meet."