CELEBRATE HOLI – a.k.a. PHAGWAH – By Leonard Dabydeen + 2 videos

CELEBRATE HOLI – By Leonard Dabydeen

Let the evil that all men do

Have seagull’s wings to fly away

let colours glorify our day

as we celebrate Holi, too.


Let this grand festival bring joy

among our family, friends all

no matter what our wherewithal

we must cheer up without a ploy.


Let there be friendship in our lives

under any circumstances

destroy Holika advances

aswe pray Prahalad survives.


Happy Holi greetings to all

East, West, North and South: make your call.


From Wikipedia

Holi ( /ˈhl/Sanskritहोली Holī) is a Hindu springfestival celebrated in the Indian subcontinent, also known as the “festival of colours”.[7][1][8] It signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships.[9][10]It is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest.[9][10] It lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon day) falling in the Vikram Samvat Hindu Calendar [11] month of Phalguna, which falls somewhere between the end of February and the middle of March in the Gregorian calendar. The first evening is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi and the following day as Holi, Rangwali HoliDhuletiDhulandi,[12] or Phagwah.[13]

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holi


Guyana Phagwah 2017 – video

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 03/02/2018 at 1:14 pm

    Beautiful sentiments for our Holi celebrations. How I also wish that we could “Let the evil that all men do / Have seagull’s wings to fly away”!

  • needybad4u  On 03/03/2018 at 12:49 am

    Thanks, Rosaliene.

    ~ Leonard Dabydeen(needybad4u)

  • dhanpaul narine  On 03/03/2018 at 7:58 am

    Thanks Leonard, Happy Holi to all. May there be peace and love in every home.

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On 03/03/2018 at 3:15 pm

    Who were Holika and Prahalada?

    Hindu traditions go back eons. As well, Hindu traditions reflect evolution of mankind over these eons. There is what is known as the ‘Ten Avatars of Vishnu’, starting with aquatic life – Matsya, the Fish deity. Vishnu is known as the Preserver deity in the Hindu Trinity (Brahma=Creator, Vishnu=Preserver and Shiva=Dissolver of the universe into Pralaya=fallow or seeding for the next cycle of ‘Reincarnation’ – Creation, etc.). The 4th Avatar was named Narasimha (Nara=man, Simha=lion) or half-man and half-lion. Rama and Krishna are two of the more popular incarnations of Vishnu.

    Holika was the sister of a ‘demon’ King, Hiranyakashipu (Hiranya=gold, kashipu=soft and exaggerated clothing/life – one addicted to material life). Holika represents the bonfire which the agrarian people of India lit on the night prior to Holi or Phagwah (etymologically from Phalguna, first month of the Hindu calendar. Phagwah is the term used by North-East Indians, from where most Indentured Indians were mostly inveigled to British Guiana) ‘Hola’ also means grains, some of which was offered to the fire deity, Agni, as thanks for the harvest. Holika is symbolically being burnt – the way she expired in the story.

    So, how these characters came together?
    From Wikipedia we get:

    “Prahlāda was born to Kayadu and Hiranyakashipu, an evil daitya king who had been granted a boon that he could not be killed of anything born from a living womb, neither be killed by a man nor an animal, neither during the day nor at night, neither indoors nor outdoors, neither on land, nor in the air nor in water and of no man made weapon. However, after repeated attempts of filicide by Hiranyakashipu unto Prahalāda, Prahalāda was finally saved by Lord Narasimha, a prominent avatar of Vishnu who descended to demonstrate the quality of Divine rage and redemption by killing the demon king. The word “Narsimha” is derived from the Sanskrit word” nar” meaning Man and “simaha” meaning lion.Thus Narsimha to a being who is half man and half lion. Lord Narasiṁha, being the transcendental Supreme Personality of Godhead, fulfilled all the proper requirements by which the otherwise nearly-invincible Hiranyakashipu could be killed.
    After the death of his father, Prahlāda took his father’s kingdom and ruled peacefully and virtuously. He was known for his generosity and kindness. He sowed similar seeds in his son Virochana and grandson Mahabali.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prahlada

    There is a verse in he Bhagavad Gita where Krishna promises that ‘ whenever evil becomes overbearing, he will return, from time to time, to reassert Dharma=righteousness’. This situation with King Hiranyakashipu was one of those. In fact, Prahalad was placed on the throne by Lord Vishnu/Krisna and as a firm devotee of Dharma Prahalad went on to rule according to Dharma (righteousness, the ruling law of the universe). It is why Hinduism’s real name is “Sanatana Dharma (Ancient Dharma)”

    The following is verbal telling of the story, followed by a 7-min Tamil movie version. Enjoy!



    Hope this was helpful to understand only one aspect of the huge trove of Hindu tradition.

    Happy Holi or Phagwah to all!

    Veda Nath Mohabir

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On 03/04/2018 at 11:23 pm


    I wrote: “Holi or Phagwah (etymologically from Phalguna, first month of the Hindu calendar. ” In fact, Phalguna is the last month on the Hindu calendar. The confusion arose because two sister festivals fell in two different lunar months this year.

    For the purists, this year, Holi (agricultural festival) falls on the last day of Phalguna while Phagwah (festival of colours) falls on the first day of Chaitra (first month of the lunar calendar). Most other years they fall in the same month. It all has to do with the lunar calendar, when the last day of full moon (Purnima) transits to the first day of the New Moon (Amavasya).

    Nevertheless, the two are viewed as one festival as they are back to back.


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