HINDUS around the country yesterday celebrated Holi — the festival of colours.
People in various parts of the country celebrated the event by singing Chautal (Indian folk song) and playing with Rang (colour powders).
The festival of Holi has various legends associated with it and the foremost is the legend of demon King Hiranyakashyap who demanded everybody in his kingdom worship him but his pious son, Prahlad became a devotee of Lord Vishnu.
The Sanatan Dharm Prathinidhi Sabha of Fiji national secretary, Vijendra Prakash, said Holi was a celebration of triumph over evil sources. On this important day in the Hindu calendar, the Sabha has called on all Fijians to love each other, strengthen national unity and assist towards prosperity.
Indian Cultural Centre director in Suva Kishan Lal Kanojia said Holi was not only a festival for Hindus but for everyone.
Mr Kanojia said people should live their lives in a colorful way like the festival of Holi.
"Holi is a festival that has been celebrated for years during the month of spring," he said.
"It is a very colorful festival which unites everybody in a colorful way."
This Holi, Mr Kanojia urged all Fijians to live peacefully and protect each other from evil sources.