Pragwah: The Festival of Colours by Caribbean Hindus

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Mithun Dey describes the colorful spring festival in this article for

‘Phagwah’ is known to us as the Indo-Caribbean Hindu festival of the New Year, also known as ‘Holi’. It happens in every spring, the Sunday after the first full moon of the Hindu almanac, Phagwah veritably paints the streets as children and families ‘colour’ one another with ‘Abeer’, the religious colourful powder and different coloured powders to drive away the winter grays. The spirit-high jinks are that of festival. In North America, the phagwah parade in Richmond Hill, queens, is the largest carnival and over 25000 may well join the parade this year 2013, a report that revealed. The parade started in 1990.

This is not all. After the parade, music and other cultural journeys are placed at Phil Ritutto Park (Smokey Oval Park). This carnival is merely permitted on prescribed part of the park and not…

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