Phagwah

There are many Hindus in Guyana. Therefore, there are Hindu holidays to be celebrated. At the beginning of this month, I celebrated one of those holidays. In some places, they call it “Holi”, but for the most part, in Guyana, it is referred to as Phagwah. To celebrate Phagwah, I went to three different celebrations around GT, but the most fun was had at the orphanage with the boys (of course).

The jist of the day is to just throw colorful powder on one another. My clothes that I wore that day are forever ruined, which was to be expected. One of the cool things about Guyana is that these different cultures all exist peacefully around one another when it comes to holidays like this. I think color fights should be a piece of every culture. They’re childishly fun.

Take a look:

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Annie and M.

Annie and M.

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Volunteers and boys "doing" Phagwah.

Volunteers and boys “doing” Phagwah.

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If you don't want to get dirty, don't wear white! And don't come in the field!

If you don’t want to get dirty, don’t wear white! And don’t come in the field!

Some of my faves.  S was one of the only older boys who was cool enough to play with us.

Some of my faves.
S was one of the only older boys who was cool enough to play with us.

Gotchya!

Gotchya!

Apparently I got hit with more color than anyone else.

Apparently I got hit with more color than anyone else.

R and S.

R and S.

Cool kid.

Cool kid.

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One Response to Phagwah

  1. Larry says:

    Maybe everyone should wear white T’s so they can have a toss-dye (not tie-dye) shirt. It’s great when people accept each other. Wish it was contageous.

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