Indians celebrate Holi in Trinidad and Tobago

Yesterday, Indians in Trinidad and Tobago celebrated Holi, rejoicing the performance of a folk dance troupe from Mathura and splashing colored powder on each other’s face. होली (Sanskrit), Holi, or Holli, also called the Festival of Colors, is a spring festival celebrated by Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and others. It is primarily observed in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and countries with large Indian diaspora populations, such as Suriname, Guyana, South Africa, Trinidad, UK, USA, Mauritius, and Fiji. From early morning, thousands of Hindus came out in their vehicles decorated with banners and flags to greet community members. Performance by the artists of Charuka Dance Academy of Mathura, Uttar Prades, was one of the main attractions at the celebration hosted by Indian high commissioner Malay Mishra. The activities were organized by the Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Cultural Co-operation, Caroni.
Winston Dookeran, leader of the Congress of the People (COP), in a message, said that Holi, also known as “Phagwa”, has become a national festival as it provides “a sense of spiritual empowerment and social mobility. Phagwa has a message of hope, truth, humility and a spirit of humanitarianism for all mankind,” Dookeran said.

The main day, Holi, also known as Dhuli Vandana in Sanskrit,also Dhulheti, Dhulandi or Dhulendi, is celebrated by people throwing colored powder and colored water at each other. Bonfires are lit the day before, also known as Holika Dahan (burning of Holika) or Chhoti Holi (little Holi). The bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlad accomplished when Demoness Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but Prahlad, a staunch devotee of god Vishnu, escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable devotion. Holika Dahan is referred to as Kama Dahanam in South India. Holi is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna (February/March), (Phalgun Purnima), which usually falls in the later part of February or March.

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4 thoughts on “Indians celebrate Holi in Trinidad and Tobago

  1. To Hindus of Guyana, Trinidad, Mauritius, US and India:

    This article is about the total disrespect for Hindus in Guyana. In Guyana local and foreign Christian missionaries are allowed to destroy Hinduism. These missionaries are allowed to distribute Bible especially in schools, the Ministry have a curriculum for the Christian in schools which is monitored by the education department, the young Hindus are being taught Bible and Christian programs for the purpose of converting them from Christian to Hindus, missionaries give poor and uneducated Hindus small gifts and sweet smiles and brain wash them and convert them to Christian. They are destroying these Hindus people lovely culture for political reason.

    No other religion in Guyana have these programs or are allowed these program in schools.

    In America they have one public holiday for Christian which is Christmas. In Guyana they have three and the other religions have two. The Government should make the Christian have two also.

    In America Christian prayers are ban in public schools because of the American Constitution prohibit it. In Guyana they respect it.

    I am calling on parents to stop there children from using Christian prayers because these people are using Christian religion for political purposes. Apart from this they condemn other religions and spread hatred among people. They are trying to divide Guyanese. Guyana government is responsible to reconvert all those Hindus that joined the man made political religion. Conversion is taken place at a pace of about 10,000 per year. At this rate it is estimate that there will not be any Hindu in the Caribbean in the next 20 years. I believe it is happening in Trinidad and Suriname too to a less extent.

    Pandits in Guyana, Trinidad, Mauritius, US and India should have a serious word with the Guyana government and if they do not change their attitude of destroying Hindus culture in Guyana stop endorse the Guyana government for re-elction.

    I am also asking you all to help spread the words of the only god made and mother of all religion in the Caribbean and the west. If you go to http://www.google.com you can pick up mandirs in South America, North America and Caribbean countries. Please include them on your website and give them words to continue to spread the word of god.

    We would like to preserve and spread the mother of all religion in the west. I am asking you if you can design a column on your website to accommodate names and contact information of Mandirs, Pandits and executives of mandirs through out Guyana and the western world. If this happens a lot of people will sponsor or help mandirs in Guyana and the western world which will help preserve our religion.

    In Guyana majority of Hindus that are converting are Araya Samaj. In fact an Araya Samaj Temple at No. 71 Village closes down and three Christian Church erected. This village was predominantly Araya Samaj. Another village was No. 59. Most of Essequibo villages converted.

    The reason why people are converting is because Guyana do not have trained pandits and those who reach out to the public. Another reason is because the Christian Missionaries attack the uneducated and poor Hindus where they give them small gifts and sweet smiles and brain wash them with catching words. We need to reach out to these people and reconvert them. Apart from Araya Samaj other branches of Hindus that converted a lot are the Madrasee.

    Also I am asking if Cove and John Ashram or any other school or organization if it could form a school to train pandits in the western world since it is expensive to send them to India. This could happen if this college has one or more teachers from India and the syllabus of the pandit program can be sent from India if you request it.

    If the pandit program get going a lot of pandits from US, Canada, England, South America and the Caribbean will benefit from it. We are trying to spread Hinduism in the west and around the world since it is the oldest religion written in the oldest and most complete language which is Sanskrit.

    Somebody who is in a position please create a website that could include addresses and contact information of mandirs and Hindus across this planet. The website should be designed to find mandirs by country, name and address as well as pandits. It must also carry a space for devotees to enter their information of their respective mandirs.

    Please forward or copy and paste this email to politicians, pandits, and Hindus around the world.

    Ram

  2. To Hindus of Guyana, Trinidad, Mauritius, US and India:

    This article is about the total disrespect for Hindus in Guyana. In Guyana local and foreign Christian missionaries are allowed to destroy Hinduism. These missionaries are allowed to distribute Bible especially in schools, the Ministry have a curriculum for the Christian in schools which is monitored by the education department, the young Hindus are being taught Bible and Christian programs for the purpose of converting them from C Hindus to Christian, missionaries give poor and uneducated Hindus small gifts and sweet smiles and brain wash them and convert them to Christian. They are destroying these Hindus people lovely culture for political reason.

    No other religion in Guyana have these programs or are allowed these program in schools.

    In America they have one public holiday for Christian which is Christmas. In Guyana they have three and the other religions have two. The Government should make the Christian have two also.

    In America Christian prayers are ban in public schools because of the American Constitution prohibit it. In Guyana they respect it.

    I am calling on parents to stop there children from using Christian prayers because these people are using Christian religion for political purposes. Apart from this they condemn other religions and spread hatred among people. They are trying to divide Guyanese. Guyana government is responsible to reconvert all those Hindus that joined the man made political religion. Conversion is taken place at a pace of about 10,000 per year. At this rate it is estimate that there will not be any Hindu in the Caribbean in the next 20 years. I believe it is happening in Trinidad and Suriname too to a less extent.

    Pandits in Guyana, Trinidad, Mauritius, US and India should have a serious word with the Guyana government and if they do not change their attitude of destroying Hindus culture in Guyana stop endorse the Guyana government for re-elction.

    I am also asking you all to help spread the words of the only god made and mother of all religion in the Caribbean and the west. If you go to http://www.google.com you can pick up mandirs in South America, North America and Caribbean countries. Please include them on your website and give them words to continue to spread the word of god.

    We would like to preserve and spread the mother of all religion in the west. I am asking you if you can design a column on your website to accommodate names and contact information of Mandirs, Pandits and executives of mandirs through out Guyana and the western world. If this happens a lot of people will sponsor or help mandirs in Guyana and the western world which will help preserve our religion.

    In Guyana majority of Hindus that are converting are Araya Samaj. In fact an Araya Samaj Temple at No. 71 Village closes down and three Christian Church erected. This village was predominantly Araya Samaj. Another village was No. 59. Most of Essequibo villages converted.

    The reason why people are converting is because Guyana do not have trained pandits and those who reach out to the public. Another reason is because the Christian Missionaries attack the uneducated and poor Hindus where they give them small gifts and sweet smiles and brain wash them with catching words. We need to reach out to these people and reconvert them. Apart from Araya Samaj other branches of Hindus that converted a lot are the Madrasee.

    Also I am asking if Cove and John Ashram or any other school or organization if it could form a school to train pandits in the western world since it is expensive to send them to India. This could happen if this college has one or more teachers from India and the syllabus of the pandit program can be sent from India if you request it.

    If the pandit program get going a lot of pandits from US, Canada, England, South America and the Caribbean will benefit from it. We are trying to spread Hinduism in the west and around the world since it is the oldest religion written in the oldest and most complete language which is Sanskrit.

    Somebody who is in a position please create a website that could include addresses and contact information of mandirs and Hindus across this planet. The website should be designed to find mandirs by country, name and address as well as pandits. It must also carry a space for devotees to enter their information of their respective mandirs.

    Please forward or copy and paste this email to politicians, pandits, and Hindus around the world.

    Ram

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