Holi celebration across the world

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Holi in Bangladesh

Hindus in Bangladesh celebrate the festival of Holi with gaiety. Hindu community gather in temples and exchange greetings with each other and play with colors. Image Courtesy: www.kaw.stb.s-msn.com

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Holi in Bangladesh
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Holi in Guyana

Located in the north east coast of South America, Guyana celebrates Holi with great fan fair. Holi happens to be a national holiday in Guyana as Hindus constitute about 33 per cent of the country's population. Holi is celebrated by the singing of special songs and by the spraying of coloured powder and water. Holi starts a month before with the planting of a castor oil plant. This plant is burnt one month later as Holika, commemorating Prahlad's legendary devotion to Lord Shiva and the triumph of good over evil. Image Courtesy: www.divyajyoticanada.org

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Holi in Guyana
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Holi in Mauritius

The large Indian majority, (about 63 per cent) celebrate Holi with a lot of enthusiasm in the island of Mauritius. It is an official holiday in the country. Hindus here duly perform the tradition of lighting of bonfire on the eve of Holi and celebrate the victory of good over evil. Next day people play with colours and drench everybody with water. While in the evening they greet each other with tilak and exchange sweets. Image Courtesy: www.mauritiusattractions.com

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Holi in Mauritius
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Holi in Nepal

Holi is celebrated with great pomp and show in Nepal. Celebrations lasts for a week. Celebrations are of marked by families and friends getting together and celebrating the occasion with a lot of merry making. Play of colours takes place on the last day. A ceremonial bamboo pole, fringed with strips of clothes called 'chir' is installed on the first day representing good luck charms. At the end of the festivities chir is taken to a bonfire. Image Courtesy: www.api.ning.com

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Holi in Nepal
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Holi in Pakistan

Hindus residing in Pakistan also celebrate holi, though not as grand a fashion as seen in India. Hindus usually gather in temples and celebrate the Holi there. Much gaiety can be seen in temples located in cities which have a comparatively greater Hindu population. Image Courtesy: www.cache.daylife.com

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Holi in Pakistan
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Holi in South Africa

Indians settled in South Africa play with colours, light bonfires, sing Holi songs and make merry. The evenings are spent in meeting friends and relatives and exchanging greetings and sweets. The festival of Holi is vital in this aspect as it is believed that Holi helps people to get closer. It generates warmth in relationships and even enemies turn into friends in the spirit of Holi. Image Courtesy: www.anandinafrica.files.wordpress.com

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Holi in South Africa
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Holi in Suriname

Just as in India, people here take great delight in spraying colour on each other and singing Holi songs. Holika is also burnt on the eve of Holi which is symbolic of victory of good over evil. There is a similarity in the way Holi is celebrated in Surinam and that in Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. People plant a castor oil plant weeks before the festival and this plant is burnt later as Holika. Between these days people engage themselves in singing at each other's homes or at the temples at night. Image Courtesy: www.gallery.photo.net

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Holi in Suriname
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Trinidad and Tobago

Here Holi is largely known as Phagwa. Holi is said to have come to Trinidad around 1845 by the Hindus who migrated here as contractual labourers on the sugarcane field. In the early days the festival was observed very modestly because of the many constraints that the Hindus had to deal with. But, today it is celebrated at a national level, in a grand style throughout Trinidad. Hindus in Trinidad and Tobago celebrate the festival with colours, songs, music and dance. Image Courtesy: www.boston.com

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Trinidad and Tobago
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Holi in United Kingdom

Hindus settled in UK do not miss out the excitement of Holi celebrations. Excitement reaches its peak when the occasion is that of celebrating a joyous festival like Holi. Children love to use their spray cans and colour on each other. Holi parades are also carried and in the evening people visit their friends and relatives to exchange greetings and sweets. They hug each other and also apply the tilak as the meet Holi in a traditional manner. Image Courtesy: www.siliconeer.com

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Holi in United Kingdom
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Holi in USA

Different societies formed by the Indians and religious organisations help people to celebrate this joyous festival and feel close to their cultural roots. Music programmes and Holi Meets are also organised by them to mark the occasion. These meets help the new generation to identify with their cultural root. Holi parades are taken out. People can be seen having so much fun in these parades as they play with the colour in the midst. Dance performance, fashion shows and music concerts further add to the festive spirit. Image Courtesy: www.news.iskcon.com

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Holi in USA
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