Feast of colour as Hindus celebrate Holi festival

NELSON Mandela Bay’s vibrant Hindu community can expect a feast of colour and celebration when the Port Elizabeth Seva Samaj Youth Wing commemorates the Festival of Holi at the Woolhope Secondary School in Malabar on Sunday.

Hindus celebrate more than 26 festivals annually of which the Holi festival is the most colourful.

Holi is traditionally celebrated at the end of the winter season in India and on the last full moon day of the lunar month known as Phalguna Phalgun Purnima, which usually falls in late February or in early March. The festival is observed for a number of religious and cultural reasons which include celebrating the symbolic victory of good over evil, the ridding of negative energies from individuals, and towards gaining prosperity, happiness and health.

The throwing of different colours represents the different races, cultures and religions. With an entrance fee of R10, a dress code of white, and plenty of food and colour powder on sale, the festival will be celebrated between noon and 7pm. – Herald Reporter


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