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Devotees celebrate in style

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, March 29, 2013

THE bright colours of the Hindu festival Holi reverberated throughout the Hindu community in the Sugar City yesterday.

And the leader of a Hindu religious body in Lautoka said the celebration of Holi had a universal message of forgiveness, which could be shared by all members of the Fiji community.

"Holi's message of the triumph of good over evil is something that people from all walks of life and all the different ethnicities can share with each other. It is a time when we put aside differences and start afresh in our relationships with one another," said president of the Lautoka Sath Saag Ramayan Faag Mandali, police prosecutor Assistant Superintendent of Police Anil Prasad.

Retired school teacher Gyan Chand, who also took part in yesterday's celebrations, said the definition of Holi had a deeper meaning than the bright colours and sweets the Hindu community shared with each other.

"Holi literally means something that has happened. And we celebrate that what has happened has happened and we now look forward to the future with optimism and hope in our hearts," he shared.

Holi is celebrated as a spring festival in India and marks the end of winter.

According to Hindu mythology, Holi commemorates the resilience of Prahlad, a devotee of Vishnu, over his father Hiranyakashap — the king of demons.

Despite being poisoned, trampled on by elephants, being put in a room with venomous snakes and set alight on the lap of Hiranyakashap's sister Holika because of disobedience against his father's wishes, Prahlad escaped unscathed.