Guyana: Phagwah Celebrated at National Stadium and Indian Cultural Centre

Phagwah Festival… Riot of colours transform National Stadium

Phagwah 2015

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March 7, 2015 | KNEWS|  By Rabindra Rooplall

Thousands welcomed the “festival of colours” yesterday at the National Stadium Providence, East Bank Demerara, with a riot of colours to celebrate the annual Phagwah festival.

The ancient Hindu Festival of Holi, which heralds the end of winter and the victory of good over evil, is marked with a national holiday and sees revelers pouring onto the streets ending up at the National Stadium for an event hosted under Inspire Inc in collaboration with Hindus United for Guyana (HUG).

At the event there were sweetmeats, ‘seven-curry’ and other delightful delicacies on sale. Children had the opportunity to partake in water slides and play on the trampoline. The crowd was entertained by Ishara Dance Troupe, Shakti Strings Orchestra, Terry Gajraj and some of Guyana’s top voices.

The festival of colours was celebrated with songs, music and dances. A variety of water colours and various mixtures permeated the crowd, as a rainbow of colours transformed the stadium causing some to even lose their children. Many had their entire bodies smeared.

Families and friends turned out in their numbers sporting their white outfits that morphed into totally new patterns and styles by the coloured powder and water by the time the event reached a crescendo.

Yesterday, canter trucks, horse carts and other vehicles were seen on many streets, transporting groups of people who sprinkled coloured water and powder on passersby.

Temples countrywide also observed the occasion with bhajan singing and sharing of sweet meats. Countrywide, Phagwah is a time when Guyanese of all colours and creed participate, frolic, mingle, embrace and play as part of the festive activities.

In spite of being such a colourful celebration, there are various aspects of Holi which makes it so significant for our lives. Though they might not be so apparent, a closer look and a little thought will reveal the significance of Holi in more ways than meets the eye. Ranging from socio-cultural, religious to biological, there is every reason why we must heartily enjoy the festival and cherish the reasons for its celebrations.

Celebration of the various legends associated with Holi reassures people of the power of the truth as the moral of all these legends is the ultimate victory of good over evil. The legend of Hiranyakashyap and Prahlad also points to the fact that extreme devotion to god pays off, as god always takes his true devotee in his shelter. All these legends help persons to follow a good conduct in their lives and believe in the virtue of being truthful. This is extremely important in modern day society when so many people resort to evil practices for small gains and torture those who are honest.

The event was sponsored by Fly Jamaica, Insight Magazine, Guytrac, Iradio, Buddy’s, Star Party Rentals, Toolsie Persaud Ltd., ND&S amongst others.

Indian Cultural Centre hosts Phagwah celebrations

March 7, 2015 | KNEWS |

President Donald Ramotar and First Lady Mrs. Deolatchmee Ramotar playing Phagwah on the lawns of the Indian Cultural Centre

Photo: President Donald Ramotar and First Lady Mrs. Deolatchmee Ramotar playing Phagwah on the lawns of the Indian Cultural Centre

Phagwah was celebrated on the lawns of the Indian Cultural Centre at 67 Bel-Air, New Haven, Georgetown, on March 6, 2015.

President Donald Ramotar, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, Government Ministers, politician Basil Williams and special invitees were among those attending the festivities.

At the event all were involved in Phagwah celebrations with colour powder, water pistols and music. There were also dances on stage to entertain the invitees.

There were liberal exchanges of abeer and abrak while many celebrated with wet and dry methods. President Ramotar extended Phagwah greetings to all while noting that the country had been transformed and much more infrastructural developments will be done to progress the nation.

According to Acting Indian High Commissioner, Madhumita Sengupta, the time has come to spread the Holi cheer and to add some colour to life.

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