Fiji Time: 5:20 AM on Thursday 28 July

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Holi celebration explodes in colours

Dawn Gibson
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

COMMUNITIES of Hindus and non-Hindus came together yesterday to celebrate the annual festival of colours, Holi.

Schools around the Central Division made the effort to throw colourful powders and treat students to a day of festivities and Indian sweets.

According to the president of the Baba Raghu Vishnu Kuti temple, Mahendra Prasad Chaudhary, the festival is often referred to as the new year celebration for Hindus.

"It's a time when we can come together to celebrate and Holi is also very important for children in our custom," Mr Chaudhary explained yesterday.

"It's something like our new year, a time when we can celebrate with people from all over the country about what is important to us — what our holy things are."

Mr Chaudhary said typically, people would meet at a temple, sing songs, make music and throw powder on each other, then move to people's homes and share the fun with them.

"We go from house to house celebrating and singing in the spirit of Holi."

In a wonderful gesture of multiculturalism, Nausori High School, which is in fact an Islamic faith-based school, hosted its students to a Holi event yesterday.

"The school gives significance to all religious celebrations because we would like to send clear signals to the students that we need not to build partitions but build cultural bridges," said principal Praveen Chand.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64280.6238
JPY 51.642848.6428
GBP 0.36980.3618
EUR 0.44320.4312
NZD 0.69720.6642
AUD 0.65220.6272
USD 0.48920.4722

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 27th July 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Probe as student jumps off building
  2. Mum rises above limits
  3. 7s team settles well in Chile
  4. Tuisova sets rugby target
  5. Tears of joy for Daveuwa
  6. Mission Rio 2016
  7. Sugar Bills
  8. Harvest contract plea
  9. Student injury prompts call for counsellors
  10. Bolalevu: Hydro station work ongoing

Top Stories this Week

  1. Sami's best try Saturday (23 Jul)
  2. Radio announcer in court Saturday (23 Jul)
  3. Tourist fined $400 for apples Tuesday (26 Jul)
  4. Fitter and faster Tuesday (26 Jul)
  5. Black money Monday (25 Jul)
  6. 7s special Thursday (21 Jul)
  7. Allegiance switch Sunday (24 Jul)
  8. Student jumps from school building Tuesday (26 Jul)
  9. Reaction from 7s players Monday (25 Jul)
  10. Alleged rape victim out of hospital Monday (25 Jul)