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Holi Phagwa* National Holiday

March 8, 2012

Phagwa is a popular Hindu spring festival, celebrated to mark the beginning of Spring on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna (February/March).  In Suriname, Holi Phagwa is a festival of color.  It is customary to wear old white clothes on this day; be prepared to get them dirty and join in the holipowder throwing festivities.  In India, the day is in memory of Prahalad. Demoness Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but Prahalad escaped without any injuriesbecause he was a staunch devotee of Lord Vishnu.


March 8, 2012