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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.

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