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Holi Celebration Around The World

March 16, 2014

Holi

Holi  or Phagwa as the Guyanese better know, is celebrated by the singing of special songs called chowtaals and by the spraying of coloured powder (abrack) and water (abeer). Holi happens to be a national holliday in Guyana as Hindus constitute about 33% of country’s population. Guyanese living overseas make special arrangement to be with the family at the time of Holi.

With a large population of Indians settled in the USA , Holi is celebrated with gaiety and lot of  fun fare in this country. Holi celebrations are particularly marked in the city of New York. Here Holi parades are taken out. People can be seen having so much fun in these parade as they play with. the colour in the midst. There is so much revelry here that it. becomes difficult to imagine that New york is not a part of India.

Hindus settled in UK don’t miss out the excitement of Holi celebrations and enjoy to the hilt. The British city of Leicestear is particularly known for its love for celebrating Indian festivals. Excitement reaches its peak when the occasion is that of celebrating a joyous festival like Holi. Holi parades are also carried and in the eveaning people visit their friends and relatives to exchange greeting and sweets.

It is an official holiday in the island of Mauritius and therefore people get all the time to make merry and drench themselves in the spirit of Holi and of course, color water. Hindus, here duly perform the tradition of Holika Dahan or lighting of bonfire on the eve of Holi and celebrate the victory of good over evil. Next day people revel and play with colours and drench everybody with water jets called pichkaris.

Vibrant Gujarati’s and other Indians settled in South Africa have made it point to keep the tradition of celebrating Holi alive in the country. They  play colours, light bonfires called Hollika, sing Holi songs and make merry. The evenings are spent in meeting   friends and relatives and exchanging greetings and sweets.

Holi is celebrated with great pomp and show in Nepal Celebrations lasts for a week in which the entire country gets drenched in the coloured water. Though play of colours takes places on the last day, a ceremonial pole called ‘chir’ is installed on the first day. Chir is a bamboo pole fringed with stories of clothes representing good luck charms As the pole is put up in the street at Basantpur, the festivities and worship commences for the week. At the end of the festivities chir is taken to a born fire.

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